Animal Happenings

Animals & Keepers Show their Stuff.

Don't miss some great opportunities to learn more about the animals and what we do at the Zoo. Some animal happenings occur during the summer months only. To ensure that the activity you're interested in will happen the day of your visit, call 719.633.9925, ext. 0, or e-mail Also, remember to check the Animal Happenings signs in each area during your visit for the most up to date information.

Animal Encounters

Bears. Lions. Elephants. And more! Get up close to the Zoo's animals on your own Animal Encounter.

Receive Animal Show Text Messages!

Receive the day’s animal shows right on your phone via text message. Simply text “Zoo + day of the week” to 839-863. For example, “Zoomonday” or “Zoosaturday.” It’s a quick and easy way to make sure you don’t miss a single animal show! Standard text message rates apply.

Animal Shows and Happenings, Summer 2014 - download PDF


Keeper Talks and Demos

Listed in order by time of day; earliest to latest.

Giraffe Stampede

When: Daily, 9:15 a.m. (weather permitting)
Where: ARV Boardwalk, giraffe drawbridge
What: Start the day out right by watching our magnificent herd migrate to their exhibit.

Pallas Cat Keeper Talk

When: Monday, 11:00 a.m. (weather permitting)
Where: Asian Highlands, at Pallas Cats
What: Have you seen this elusive cat? Now is your chance. Our Keepers will be showing you what kind of training we do and how we get them active.

Amur Leopard Enrichment

When: Tuesday, Friday, 11:00 a.m. (weather permitting)
Where: Asian Highlands, Amur Leopard Exhibit
What: Our Animal Care Staff works hard to keep our cats active and thinking. Come watch the leopards interact with our staff or some fun enrichment items.
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Snow Leopard Demo

When: Wednesday, Saturday, 11:00 a.m. (weather permitting)
Where: Asian Highlands at Snow Leopard exhibit
What: Our Animal Care Staff works hard to keep our cats active and thinking. Come watch the leopards interact with our staff or some fun enrichment items.

Monkeys on the Move

When: Daily, 10:30 a.m. (weather permitting)
Where: Monkey Pavilion
What: Get a unique look at either our Goeffory’s marmosets or Goeldi’s monkeys. Each morning check out some of the smallest primates in the Zoo as they make their way on an overhead tree branch highway to and from their outdoor exhibit.
Note: Times may occasionally vary due to weather restrictions.

ARV Animal Experience

When: Daily, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Where: Location in African Rift Valley TBD (on Boardwalk in African Rift Valley) posted by sign.
What: Meet one of our charismatic African species up-close. Join the trainers in discovering something new about our wild friends ranging from the cockroach to zebra. Who knows what you will find?

Encounter Africa Keepers Caring for Elephants

When: Daily, 10.45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.
Where: Elephant Demonstration Yard (weather permitting)
What: Have you ever wondered what it takes to care for an elephant herd? Join our keeper staff as they give our girls a bath, pedicures, and exercise.
Note: Location may change to the WEC in inclement weather.
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My Big Backyard Demo

When: Daily, 12:15 p.m. (weather permitting)
Where: My Big Backyard, Contact Area
Message: Have you ever wondered how we train our animals to do what they do? Stop on by to see the secrets behind all these amazing behaviors.
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Otter Training Demo

When: Daily, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Rocky Mountain Wild, at otters
What: Our aquatic acrobats will amaze you as they look for an underwater mid-morning snack. Animal Care Staff will be on hand to share just how outstanding otters are.

Hippo Training Demonstration

When: Daily, 2:00 p.m.
Where: Aquatics building, at hippos
What: How wide can a hippo open its mouth? What is a hippos closest relative? Find out the answers and see keepers interact with our Nile hippos.

Giraffe Training Demonstration

When: Daily, 2:00 p.m.
Where: African Rift Valley boardwalk or in the giraffe building (see sign post)
What: Have you heard about our herd? Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has one of the largest giraffe herds in captivity, and we can't wait to tell you all about them! Stop by so our giraffe can show you their training in action, and learn about how these gentle giants are helping to save their wild counterparts.

Gator Training

When: Daily, 1:45 p.m.
Where: In Scutes Family Gallery at gators
What: Did you know that Gators can be trained?  Come see how the keepers work with one of the largest reptiles on the planet.

Orangutan Husbandry Training

When: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.
Where: In Primate World.
What: Our Orangutans love training. See how they willingly participate in their own veterinary and husbandry care (better than our children!).
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Moose Training

When: Wednesday - Saturday, 1:30 p.m. (weather permitting)
Where: Rocky Mountain Wild, at moose
What: Let us introduce you to “Tahoma”, our resident moose. Join our Animal Care Staff to learn about the largest member of the deer family.


Animal Feeding Shows

Listed in order by time of day; earliest to latest.

Penguin Feeding and Talk

When: Daily, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Aquatics building; in front of the penguin exhibit
What: Watch our flock get their mid-morning snack. After the feeding our Animal Care Staff will be available to answer all your questions on the best dressed birds at the Zoo.

Wolf Feeding and Keeper Talk

When: Daily, 11:30 a.m. (weather permitting)
Where: Rocky Mountain Wild, at Wolf Woods
What: Catch a glimpse of the elusive Mexican grey wolf. This feeding is a great time to see one of the rarest animals in North America.
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Red River Hog Feeding and Keeper Talk

When: Daily, 12:00 p.m
Where: African Rift Valley
What: Come to the hog exhibit for a little lunchtime visit. See the keepers feeding the hogs and sharing some information about our growing hog family.

Meet the Gorilla Troop

When: Daily, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Primate World
What: Get acquainted with the Zoo’s Gorilla troop. Get the inside scoop while our Animal Care Staff share what makes our gorillas and their wild counterparts so special.
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Gator Keeper Talk

When: Daily, 2:45 p.m. -Starts Memorial Day Weekend, May 26th
Where: Gator pond, at the entrance to Australia
What: Come meet some of the largest reptiles at the zoo. Learn about this crocodile cousin and maybe see them get an afternoon snack.

Grizzly Bear Enrichment Feeding

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:45 p.m.
Where: Rocky Mountain Wild, on the boardwalk above the grizzly's bear's side yard
What: Stop by on Tuesdays and Thursdays, see Emmett and Digger playing with enrichment made to bring out the best in our bears.
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Natural Behavior Animal Shows

Listed in order by time of day; earliest to latest.

Please Note: show schedules may update seasonally. 

Wings of Africa Bird Show

When: Daily, 10:00 a.m. (weather permitting)
Where: African Rift Valley, in the Giraffe Statue Entru Plaza (near giraffe statues)
Message: Did you know that birds play a beneficial role in the environments all over the world? Meet six of our African bird species and see fun natural behaviors while learning how they help out around our planet. You may even learn some differences you can make right in your own backyard.
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Stripes of Fury Tiger Show

When: Thursday, Sunday, 11:00 a.m. (weather permitting)
Where: Asian Highlands, at tigers
What: Learn how and why our Animal Care Staff train and enrich our Tigers. Catch a tiger training session where they show off their skills and adaptations or watch them play with a new enrichment item.
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Lion Demo

When: Daily 10:45 a.m.
Where: Lion Exhibit
What: Have you ever seen a lion hunt or run? Our Pride has settled in and is eager to show off how they utilize their exhibit. Join us!
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Orangutans are Awesome!

When: Daily, 11:00 a.m. (weather permitting)
Where: Primate World, orangutan outdoor exhibit (weather permitting) or indoors
Message: Have you ever thought about why orangutans have such huge hands? Come see just how "handy" they are, as our orangutans share how some of their cool adaptations help them live in the rainforest. Find out how you can help make sure orangutans are around for years to come by learning about palm oil and how it affects their habitat. We think that by the end of the show, you'll agree that orangutans are awesome!
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Rain Forest Review

When: Daily, 11:45 a.m. (weather permitting)
Where: Monkey Pavilion Outdoor Enclosures
Message: Most of the world's primates live in tropical forests. Unfortunately many of these forests are being destroyed for agriculture and logging. Visit the Rainforest Review show to see some of the ways these amazing animals have adapted to life high in the trees. Learn how you can help preserve a place for nature's high fliers long into the future through habitat conservation.
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Bear Necessities: Grizzly Bear Show

When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday-Sunday, 2:45 p.m.
Where: Rocky Mountain Wild, in Grizzly Bear viewing area
What: What are the “bear necessities” for living like a wild grizzly? Emmett and Digger invite you to come by and see what natural behaviors make bears so perfectly adapted for living in their rugged mountain homes. From climbing to fishing, you’ve never seen the bears quite like this. You may even catch some training that allows us to take better care of the bears in their home here at the zoo. Don’t miss a grizzly good time!
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Treetop Acrobats

When:Daily, 3:30 p.m. (weather permitting) –Starts Memorial Day weekend, May 26th
Where: African Rift Valley, colobus monkey exhibit, next to the view tower and elevator
Note: Check the dry erase board by the Baobab tree for additional information on happenings in African Rift Valley.
Message: Colobus monkeys are a unique and amazing primate. Come watch as our colobus troop shows off some of their amazing tree-top acrobatic skills.
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Quill’s in the Sky

When: Sunday - Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. (weather permitting)
Where: Rocky Mountain Wild, above the porcupine exhibit
What: What's that in the tree?! Is it a bird? Is it a monkey?! No, it’s a Porcupine! Visit our North American porcupine exhibit in RMW and learn all about our quilled friends in the "Quills in the Sky" show.

Spectacled Bear Demo

When: Daily, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Bear Grottos above Monkey Pavilion
What: Did you know that bears are great climbers, even swimmers? Each day the keepers will be working with them to show off their natural behaviors or providing them with enrichment that showcases their amazing skills.


Guest Feeding & Up-Close Experiences

No need to make reservations for these unique feeding experiences at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Get up close with long-time favorites and some new additions on your next visit.

Rhino Snack Time

Location: Encounter Africa, at Rhinos
When: Daily, 3:30 p.m.
What: Enjoy a one-on-one feeding experience with Jumbe, our black rhino. You can hand-feed Jumbe two snack items for just $5 per person. Feedings are first come, first served. Jumbe's Snack Time is limited to 30 minutes, but may be shorter if the rhino chooses. Sessions are weather-dependent and subject to cancellation.
Cost: $5 per person


Elephant Snack Time

Location: Encounter Africa, next to Lane Falls
When: Daily 11:00-11:30a.m. and 2:30-3:00 p.m.
What: Have you ever fed an elephant? Well, here is your chance! Come by and meet one of our elephants up close and personal.
Cost: $5 per person



Giraffe Feeding Experience

Location: African Rift Valley
When: A Cheyenne Mountain Zoo favorite 365 days a year!
What: Hand-feed our 20 giraffe, the largest reticulated giraffe herd of any zoo in the world! Reticulated what? We’re talking about the type of sub-species of our herd. The scientific name, Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata, means camel-leopard-like one who walks swiftly. If you’re a Cheyenne Mountain Zoo member, be sure to take advantage of the special members-only discounted frequent feeding card.
Cost: $2.00
Learn more about giraffe feeding, and sneak a peek at our live Giraffe Cam!


Budgie Buddies Feeding Experience

Location: Australia
When: The aviary is open daily 9:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., with certain winter restrictions unless otherwise noted.
What: More fun than you can shake a seed stick at! Seasonally, you can take a summer stroll through our indoor aviary surrounded by more than 100 free-flight Australian birds - budgies, finches, cockatiels, rosella, and princess parrots.
Cost: Purchase a seed stick for $1, and a bird or two may even land on your arm or shoulder.
Learn more about Budgie Buddies.


Chicken Feeding Experience

Location: between Aquatics and Primate World
When: Stop by daily between 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to meet the flock.
What: Join in on one of the hottest urban farming trends – raising chickens! In the coop behind Aquatics with some of the rarest and most exotic chicken varieties, including silver penciled wyandottes, silver leghorns, and cochins.
Cost: Purchase feed for $1, and if you aren’t chicken, you can even feed them!


Koi Feeding and Talk

Location: My Big Backyard
When: Daily, 10:45 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
What: Help feed our beautiful koi and learn more about the biggest fish at the Zoo.
Cost: Free.




Pony Rides

Location: Entrance to Rocky Mountain Wild, just south of The Lodge at Moose Lake
Hey cowpokes! Hop up in the saddle and take Old Paint for a ride at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. We have a mess of trusty steeds in all sizes and colors for the young'uns. Each pony and rider is individually led by a wrangler around a circular trail, nestled in Rocky Mountain Wild. It's an old west adventure they'll never forget.
Learn all about Pony Ride times and costs here ... (and there is even Pony Camp!)