Water’s Edge: Africa (Making Waves Campaign)

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Water’s Edge: Africa (Making Waves Campaign)

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Hooray for hippos


We’re building new homes for our hippos and penguins, and giving our EdVenture programs for children a big boost with a brand new building!
Making Waves is all about creating a big splash for our aquatic animals while giving YOU exciting new ways to experience them when you visit the Zoo.

For example, have you ever:

  • Waddled among penguins?
  • Stood face to face with a hippopotamus?
  • Teetered across a suspension bridge over a yard of hippos?
  • Watched lemurs rule their own island?

Making Waves thermometer chart of amount raised so far
These encounters and more will be available to you when we open our new aquatics exhibit, Water’s Edge: Africa in fall 2019. The exhibit is designed for maximum opportunities to experience our animals, but also to sustain successful breeding programs for our Nile hippos and endangered African penguins. What’s more, the exhibit’s new water recycling system is an environmentally friendly feature that will help us do our part for local water conservation.

We’re also building a brand new EdVenture complex for our multiple outdoor and animal-related programs for children ages 2-17. These popular programs, ranging from award-winning summer camps, to international Teen Adventure excursions are a key component of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s mission to inspire conservation action on behalf of wild animals and wild places. The complex, which will be located near the Zoo’s main entrance, will feature ADA-accessible bathrooms for the benefit of all our guests.




Make a splash and help us fund the flock

All of this will soon be a reality when the Making Waves project is complete. We have reached our goal of $10.4 million – check out the big thermometer – thanks to a lot of people who care about the Zoo and its animals.

Even though we have reached our goal, our work is not finished! Fundraising efforts will continue on the Making Waves campaign.

As we started the design and construction process, costs came in higher than they have been historically. So the Zoo will have to make up any difference in the cost directly from our cash reserves. If we can stretch our fundraising goal a little higher, it will help to relieve the additional burden on the Zoo’s budget.

There are many ways to donate, too, so please feel free to contact Kelley Parker, Director of Development at [email protected] or 719-424-7810 for more information.

Total Raised: $10,703,414


Every donation, big or small, gets us closer to building these amazing state-of-the-art facilities!