For the Animals. For the Earth.
In addition to our commitment to the exhibition and conservation of endangered animal species, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo also strives to be a green business. That’s why we have multiple programs for onsite recycling and conservation of energy and natural resources.
Not only do we adhere to tight conservation standards here at our home, but we also try to help you do the same by providing comprehensive conservation information and resources. It is our hope that you will join us in taking action—for the good of us all.
What YOU can DO.
Recycle. Stop the Waste.
There are lots of ways you can make a difference in our natural world—and recycling is one of the easiest.
Even recycling your aluminum cans saves more energy than you might know:
- A used aluminum can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf as a new can in as little as 60 days.
- Making new aluminum cans from used cans takes 95 percent less energy, and 20 recycled cans can be made with the energy needed to produce one can using virgin ore.
- Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for almost four hours or to run your television for three hours.
- Throwing away an aluminum can wastes as much energy as pouring out half of the can’s volume of gasoline.
- Last year, 54 billion cans were recycled, saving the energy equivalent of 15 million barrels of crude oil—America’s entire gas consumption for one day.
Discover more ways your recycling can help the environment—and the Zoo:
Carpool, ride a bicycle or use public transportation whenever possible. If you do drive, here are a few tips to help your vehicle run more efficiently:
- Keep your engine tuned up and performing to its standards.
- Replace air filters regularly to maintain fuel efficiency.
- Keep tires inflated to achieve the best fuel efficiency.
- Avoid unnecessary idling and car trips whenever possible.
Eliminate water waste so there’s enough to go around. Here are a few things you can do at home to preserve our planet’s water supply:
- Turn off the faucet while you shave, brush your teeth and lather up your hands.
- Wash only full loads of laundry to save water and electricity.
- Fill the kitchen sink with soapy and clean water when washing dishes by hand, instead of letting the water run.
- Completely fill the dishwasher before running it to save water and electricity.
- Take short, five-minute showers instead of baths to save about 40 gallons of water.
- Keep an eye out for plumbing and irrigation leaks, and then fixing them promptly.
- Plant only native, drought-tolerant plant species throughout your home landscape and use mulch to minimize evaporation.
- Irrigate efficiently through wise sprinkler head selection, which can ensure that water is directed to exactly where it is needed and control the amount of water put on the ground at one time.
- Water deeply, not frequently. In new landscapes, wean new plants off of frequent waterings after their second year and give periodic deep waterings instead.
- Use a bucket of soapy water or shut-off nozzle for your hose when washing your car.
Donate Your Vehicle
Call Vehicles for Charity at 1 866.628.CARS (2277) or complete the online donation form at www.vehiclesforcharity.org.
Please select Cheyenne Mountain Zoo as the recipient of the proceeds from the sale of your vehicle. Paperwork and arrangements for towing your vehicle will be handled at no expense to you. For more information, call 719-633-9925, x115, or e-mail [email protected].
Proceeds from the salvage sales will help the Zoo!
Green Consumer Action.
- GET A LIVE TREE! – Believe it or not, a live tree is actually a relatively eco-friendly choice, so long as you’re conscious about where it goes once the holidays are over. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, nearly all cut holiday trees are grown on tree farms – meaning their stock is replenished yearly and forests aren’t hurt by choosing a cut tree. Go to earth911.org and enter your ZIP code to find out where to have your tree recycled. Or even better, get a LIVE one and plant it !
Fake trees are a different story, requiring a significant amount of energy and petroleum-based materials to manufacture. Plus, artificial trees are often manufactured overseas and shipped thousands of miles before they reach our living rooms.
- BE BRIGHT! – Instead of buying more standard holiday lights to replace bad strings, opt for energy-efficient light strings. When they’re made using light-emitting diode bulbs, LEDs, they’re 90% more efficient than traditional holiday lights. LEDs also last longer – up to 10,000 hours compared with 5,000 hours for standard incandescent bulbs. AND- you can go one better by getting light strands with a small SOLAR panel to power those LEDs!!
- REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, REPURPOSE – This tip is an oldy but a goody. It just requires being a responsible consumer, user, and disposer.
REDUCE – Once you have pared down your consumption, be sure to buy responsibly. Look for things made of recycled materials, that support your local economy, with minimal packaging, or that help support conservation causes.
REUSE – Be creative about how and when to reuse.
What you can’t reuse, RECYCLE! Visit the EPA’s Reducing and Reusing Basics for more information on how to conserve during the holidays and year-round.
If you are an online shopper, check out links below for some great environmentally conscious gift items and ideas:
- BORROW FROM NATURE – Think of how your grandmother or great or even great-great grandmother decorated during the holiday – with natural evergreen boughs cut from evergreen trees (holly, pine, magnolia) handmade ornaments, and bowls of fruit or pine cones. With a backdrop of seasonal poinsettias and cyclamen they create a warm, fragrant and welcoming feel – and they aren’t made of petroleum and chemicals and shipped from across the world.
- GIFT WRAP – Start your own recycling program for wrapping.
- Use old posters, comics, colorful shopping bags, old calendars, even old maps are cool wraps!
- Design your own gift-wrap by using a paper grocery or department store bag and adding decorations such as drawings, stamped patterns, or pictures cut from magazines.
- Let the kids do the designing. It will keep them busy on stormy days.
- If you do use store bought wrapping paper, buy the kind with recycled content (the more post consumer, the better).
- When you receive gifts, be sure to save the ribbons and bows. For additional tips on how to reduce your gift wrapping waste, visit http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/publiced/Holidays/.
Recycle Cell Phones & Printer Cartridges
Used Cell Phones
Recycle your old cell phones at the Zoo—and we’ll all benefit. The Earth will have fewer toxic, heavy metals in its landfills. The Zoo, in partnership with Eco-Cell, will get $1 to $50 per phone to put toward conservation efforts. And you, will receive $2 off the regular Zoo admission price for each cell phone you turn in to us for recycling. Limit is one discount per cell phone. This offer is not valid for special events, and can not be combined with other offers or discounts.
On your next visit, just place your old cell phones in the bins at the Zoo admissions booth. It’s a win for everyone!
Each of us can make a difference in saving energy. Do your part to conserve energy at home by following these simple energy-wise practices—and save money at the same time:
- Turn your thermostat up two degrees in the summer and down two degrees in the winter.
- Turn off the air conditioner when no one is home or install a programmable thermostat.
- Close curtains or blinds in the summer to keep the sun from heating your house.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. They last longer, give off less heat and save money on your energy bill. Bulb varieties and availability are expanding all the time.
- Turn off lights and appliances when they’re not in use and unplug them when you’re gone for long periods of time; standby power still pulls energy.
Items we purchase in our everyday lives have an impact on the environment. Here are some things to think about:
- Buy products with certified sustainable palm oil.
Palm oil is a product in many everyday products, and its production is seriously threatening the lives of orangutans in Southeast Asia. Learn more about the Palm Oil Crisis
- Select ocean-friendly seafood.
Though you may be far from the ocean, you can still have an impact on its residents. Whether you’re buying seafood in a store or a restaurant, know which seafood to choose and why. Visit Seafood Watch for more.
- Stop drinking bottled water.
Buy a durable water bottle and reuse it instead of using disposable plastic bottles that never decompose in landfills.
- Try reusable and bio-compostable paper goods.
On your next picnic or camping trip, take reusable tableware instead of disposable paper products, or use bio-compostable paper ware.
- Replace plastic bags with canvas.
Use canvas tote bags while shopping and reduce the use of plastic and disposable bags.
- Recycle old cell phones and their batteries.
Instead of sending your old cell phones—and their toxic metals—to your local landfill, bring them to the Zoo for recycling. Also, coltan, a metal in cell phone batteries, is mined in endangered gorilla habitat, contributing to their decline. Visit Eco-cell for more.
- Refill or recycle printer cartridges.
Reduce waste by recycling your used printer cartridges instead of throwing them away. Buy recycled cartridges, too, and close the loop!
- Choose recycled paper products.
Buy recycled paper towels and toilet paper to close the loop on the recycling process.
Waste Disposal & Compost
Think Twice about Trash.
Avoid polluting our environment by disposing of your household waste items appropriately.
- Reduce, reuse and recycle whenever possible. Learn about recycling in El Paso County, Colorado. View El Paso County Recycling Directory PDF .
- Dispose of items containing mercury with care. Mercury appears in many household items such as fluorescent light tubes, mechanical thermostats, silver-bulb thermometers, watch batteries and clothes irons. Visit El Paso County Hazardous Waste to learn more about disposing of them properly.
- Practice responsible medication disposal to help reduce their environmental impact.
Nationally learn more at http://water.epa.gov/scitech/swguidance/ppcp/upload/ppcpflyer.pdf.
- Reduce or avoid the use of pesticides on your lawn. If you do use them, follow their directions carefully.
- Go organic! Compost food items and use them on your garden as fertilizer. Learn more at www.howtocompost.org.
Get the Scoop on Poop.
Doo you know the best way to keep annoying deer away? From our yard to yours, Zoo Doo is made from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo big cat feces and sold by the pound. Gardeners swear by this all-natural deer deterrent to protect their plants and trees. Even better, your purchase supports the zoo!
What’s in Zoo Doo?
Zoo Doo contains Cheyenne Mountain Zoo tiger, leopard and African lion feces. Mountain lion feces is not used to prevent attracting mountain lions to your yard. Please note, Zoo Doo is a deer deterrent, not a fertilizer.
Does it smell?
You may notice an initial odor, however, it’s generally unnoticeable to humans after a short time. The effect on deer lasts much longer.
How long does it last?
The effects of Zoo Doo vary. Some gardeners may only need to purchase Zoo Doo once a year, while others may need to purchase more after a few weeks.
$2.00/pound; 15-pound minimum
Available Tuesday – Saturday, by appointment only.
Call 719-633-9925 x 150