Our Future

Growing and Evolving for Tomorrow.

The Zoo prides itself on continuously evolving, creating exciting new and updated exhibits that give our guests the opportunity to understand and fall in love with animals and nature. By transforming the guest experience from a passive viewer to an active participant, the Zoo strives to encourage an appreciation and respect for the dignity and intrinsic value of all living things. Our hope is that this appreciation will inspire guests to make a difference in the natural world.


Zoo’s Master Plan

Originally created in 1989, the Zoo’s Master Plan allows us to make changes and improvements by replacing deteriorating exhibits and buildings and improving visitor accessibility, convenience and safety. Over the past two decades, more than $30 million has been raised from community individuals, foundations and corporations and invested to replace or repair outdated Zoo facilities and exhibits. View CMZ’s Master Plan Map.

Master Plan improvements made at the Zoo include: Asian Highlands (1996), Lions Lair (1997), My Big Backyard (2001), African Rift Valley (2003), Rocky Mountain Wild (2008), the Front Entry Plaza and Grizzly Grill (2010), Scutes Family Gallery (2012) and Encounter Africa (2013), The Overlook (2014), Australia Walkabout (2015).

Making Waves capital campaign logo of hippo and penguin wave

Our next big project – Making Waves!

The Zoo is currently planning and raising funds for Making Waves, which plans to build state-of-the-art homes for our hippos and penguins, and also incorporate a much needed EdVenture and ADA Restroom Complex! Learn more about the Making Waves Campaign!


To learn more about our Zoo improvements:

Contact Tracey Gazibara, VP of Philanthropy and Marketing, at 719-424-7853 or email tgazibara@cmzoo.org.

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