9-24-2015

MOUNTAIN TAPIRS ARE BACK ON EXHIBIT

— Unveiling of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s newly renovated mountain tapir exhibit is tomorrow —

 
September 24, 2015, Colorado Springs, CO – Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s female mountain tapir, Carlotta, will be taking her first steps into the Zoo’s newly renovated tapir exhibit this Friday, September 25, at 10 a.m. Her mate, Cofan, will explore the space for the first time on Saturday, September 26, at 10 a.m. The Zoo’s tapirs have been living in an off-exhibit area since 2012, due to the construction of Encounter Africa. Though they haven’t been visible to the public, important breeding and conservation efforts for the species have continued.

Mountain tapirs are the most critically endangered species of tapir. Experts estimate there are only 2,500 to 3,000 remaining in the wild.

They are rare in zoos, too. Only two zoos in the United States have mountain tapirs – Los Angeles Zoo and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. There are only seven tapirs between the two zoos, and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has the only proven breeding female, which is why breeding efforts at the Zoo are so important.

Over the last few years, the Zoo attempted an artificial insemination and even swapped male tapirs with the LA Zoo to see if Carlotta and a younger male, Cofan, would be more successful. Cofan hasn’t sired any offspring yet, but the Zoo is hopeful about Carlotta and Cofan’s future and cautiously optimistic about the potential for a future tapir baby.

Come see the rare mountain tapir (again) at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, check out their new digs and learn about the important conservation work being done to preserve this amazing species.

TAPIR DEBUT AT CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO

Date: Friday, September 25, 2015
Time: 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Tapir Exhibit