— The Zoo’s hippos will be leaving at the beginning of October, and will return after a new $10.4 million exhibit is built –

September 21, 2016, Colorado Springs, CO – Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s hippo sisters, Zambezi (23) and Kasai (16), will be going on an extended vacation at Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, MO starting at the beginning of October. They will be gone while a new exhibit is built for them here with funds raised from the Zoo’s “Making Waves” capital campaign. Guests have two weeks to visit the Zoo to say. “See you later!” to the hippos.

“Our hippos are very popular and loved by Zoo guests and staff,” Bob Chastain, President and CEO, said. “Though we know our community will miss them while they are gone, we are very excited to build a new exhibit for them. We will be breaking ground on this amazing new space in the next few months. ”

The new aquatics exhibit will be the second-largest renovation in the Zoo’s history.

“We are currently working toward our fundraising goal of $10.4 million for Making Waves,” Chastain said. “We are currently at $7.8 million in pledges for the project. The space will provide guests with unprecedented views of our aquatic species and continue to position Cheyenne Mountain Zoo as one of the best zoos in the United States.”

About Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Society was founded in 1926. Today, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, America’s ONLY mountain zoo, offers comprehensive education programs, exciting conservation efforts and truly fantastic animal experiences. It is Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s hope that guests fall in love with animals and nature, and take action to protect them. Of the 230 zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of only 10 operating without tax support. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo depends on admissions, membership dues and donations for funding.