HOW MANY SLEDGEHAMMERS DOES IT TAKE TO KNOCK DOWN AN ELEPHANT BARN?


November 7, 2011, Colorado Springs, CO – A wrecking ball will roll into position to do most of the work at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo this Wednesday morning, November 9, but elephant keepers will get the first swings at the old elephant barn using sledgehammers! The building, which opened in the early 1950s, is coming down to make way for the next phases of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s $13.5 million Encounter Africa project - new elephant, rhino, lion and meerkat exhibits. The project started in late 2010 and will be completed in 2013.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s “girls” moved into phase one of the project, a new, state-of-the-art elephant barn, at the end of the summer. The barn features more space, a sand stall, splash stall and other features promoting daily complexity, variety and natural behaviors. The elephants will be off public viewing while construction is underway on their new exhibit.

So far, nearly $12 million has been raised for the Encounter Africa project. A special community campaign will roll out in the coming weeks to help raise the remainder of the funds.

See photos of the old and new elephant barn here.

See video of the elephants in the new elephant barn here.