Loft Animal Experiences

Loft Animal Experience working with owl

One of a Kind Fun.

Join a Loft Zoo Keeper for a memorable and unique animal interaction with one of our Loft animals! Choose from a fun painting session or an up-close meet and greet with some of your Zoo favorites.

Animal Art Experiences:

  • Enrich animals’ lives and stimulates their minds with a creative painting session.
  • You get a one of a kind piece of art to take home.

Meet and Greet Experiences:

  • Meet with Cheyenne Mountain Zoo keepers and learn unique stories about our animals.
  • Make memories with a special animal encounter that will last a lifetime.

Plan your custom Loft Animal Experience today!

Choose from the options below:

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Standard Loft Animal Art Experience

Join a Loft Zoo Keeper for a painting session with one of our Loft animals!

  • Assist the keeper in set-up, painting, and clean-up with a special Loft animal.
  • Keepers will provide the canvas and animal safe non-toxic paint.
  • You choose the animal artist from the list below, and the paint colors.

Animals that may be available for your Standard Loft Art Experience:


People posing when their Loft Art Experience is complete!
– African pancake tortoise (Waffle)
– African plated lizard (Reptar)
– Andean milksnake (Pico)
– Ball python (Panya)
– Bearded dragon (Draco)
– Blue-tongued skink (Daryl)
– Box turtle (Thistle)
– Chicken (Rosemary, Martha)
– Corn snake (Clementine)
– Desert kingsnake (Houdini)
– Fire Skink (Togo)
– Hedgehogs (Lucy or Linus)
– Hognose snake (Jorge)
– Leopard geckos (Nisha or Sonali)
– Red-footed tortoises (Timmy or Tanya)


Days & Times:

Can occur any day of the week, during normal business hours (must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance).
Encounters are typically around 30 minutes long with the species of your choice.

Cost:

Members $76.50 – includes one take home canvas board of your custom animal art
Non-members $96.50 – includes one take home canvas board of your custom animal art
(Experience includes two people, for kids 12 and under, they need a paying adult participant to accompany them)

Details:

– Painting experiences are open to adults and children ages 3 to 15 years–when accompanied by an adult.
– The Loft Keeper will inform you as to which animals are available upon your arrival.
– Loft Art Experiences must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

Four examples of Loft animal artwork

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

To Schedule:

For more information, to book this experience or purchase a gift certificate:

Email [email protected] or call 719-424-7827.

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Premium Loft Animal Art Experience


Animals on this premium list tend to need a little more time, and provide a highly engaging experience for our guests!

  • Assist the keeper in set-up, painting, and clean-up with a special Loft animal.
  • Keepers will provide the canvas and animal safe non-toxic paint.
  • You choose the animal artist from the list below, and the paint colors.

Animals that may be available for your Premium Loft Art Experience:


Animal Encounters

Black-tailed Prairie Dog

Petunia has a lot of fun while she is engaged in a painting session. She quickly runs through her paint and onto the canvas with ease and loves the tasty treats she gets when she is done.
 
 
 
 
 
Animal Encounters

Common Raven

Paint with Poe! This is a great chance to see our raven in action while she demonstrates her skills with beak and brush. You might even get to assist our avian artist by holding the canvas for her.
 
 
 
 
 
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Eclectus Parrot

Mister is an avian artist. Parrots are excellent at grasping objects with their zygodactyl feet. Mister uses this to his advantage, when holding his very own paint brush. He likes to make swoops and squiggles on the canvas.
 
 
 
 
 
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North American Porcupine

A porcupine’s feet are great for climbing and holding on to trees, and in Kale’s case- creating special footprint art. She enjoys training with her keepers to make her masterpiece with many footprints and tail sweeps across her canvas.
 
 
 
 
 
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Striped Skunk

A painting session with one of our skunks, either Fred or George, is sure to be a memorable time! They like to scamper, spin, and stand on the canvas, leaving unique marks for you to appreciate.
 
 
 
 
 
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Three-banded Armadillo

Everyone seems to enjoy painting with Frida our adorable and artistic armadillo! Watch as she jets across the canvas, leaving unique nail, foot, and tail paint marks wherever she goes. Participants will also get to assist in her training while she paints, dropping tasty meal worms for our eager painter.
 
 
 


Days & Times:

Can occur any day of the week, during normal business hours (must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance).
Encounters are typically around 30 minutes long with the species of your choice.

Cost:

Members $126.50 – includes one take home canvas board of your custom animal art
Non-members $146.50 – includes one take home canvas board of your custom animal art
(Experience includes two people, for kids 12 and under, they need a paying adult participant to accompany them)

Details:

– Painting experiences are open to adults and children ages 5 to 15 years–when accompanied by an adult.
– The Loft Keeper will inform you as to which animals are available upon your arrival.
– Loft Art Experiences must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

To Schedule:

For more information, to book this experience or purchase a gift certificate:

Email [email protected] or call 719-424-7827.

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Loft Meet and Greet Experience

Meet an animal education super star up close!

People posing when their Loft Art Experience is complete!
Join a Loft Zoo Keeper for a private encounter and unique animal interaction with one of our Loft animals!

  • Experiences include helping prepare diets, positive reinforcement training, and/or creating enrichment for an animal.
  • You get a one of a kind experience meeting with the charismatic animal of your choice.
  • Hear personal stories about our animals and learn what important roles their species has in their habitats.

 

Animals that may be available for your Loft Animal Meet and Greet:

Animal Encounters
American Beaver
Meet North Americas largest rodent species when you schedule an encounter with Ginger! You will get to hand feed her some of her favorite snacks and learn from her keepers what makes her such a unique animal.
 
 
 
 
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American Kestrel
Falcons are built for speed, and our American Kestrel, Marty McFly is no exception. Marty is a small bird with a big personality. Watch him zip right in front of you while he trains with his keepers. You may even have a chance let him fly to your glove!
 
 
 
 
 
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Black-tailed Prairie Dog
Petunia, our prairie dog love attention and training with her keepers! She is a Loft favorite, and will enjoy meeting you up-close and personal when you get to give her some scratches. You’ll watch her actively interact with new enrichment too.
 
 
 
 
 
Animal Encounters
Common Barn Owl
A great experience for owl lovers! Hoosier is a beautiful bird that can fly silently across the room. Participate in a training experience with his keepers and learn about some of his natural behaviors! Afterwards you may give him some of his favorite enrichment items. Note: 8-year-old age minimum for this encounter.
 
 
 
 
 
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Common Raven
Poe, our Common Raven, is quick to learn new things. Join our keepers in an engaging training session with this smart corvid. You will see many of the behaviors she has learned that showcase the intelligence of her species. Note: 8-year-old age minimum for this encounter.
 
 
 
 
 
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North American Porcupine
Porcupines are more than just a ball of quills! Learn about the porcupines that call Cheyenne Mountain Zoo home and get a chance to feed a porcupine their favorite treat. These smart rodents enjoy interacting with their keepers and will love to meet you too.
 
 
 
 
 
Animal Encounters
Striped Skunk
Our skunk brothers, Fred and George are quite the duo. Watch their playful antics as you feed them some tasty treats in some enrichment made by you. Assist their keeper with a fun training session that get our skunks up and moving.
 
 
 
 
 
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Tawny Frogmouth
Is that an owl? Nope! Kirra, our Tawny Frogmouth, is unlike any other bird you have met before. This nocturnal bird might share some characteristics with owls, but you can learn what makes frogmouths unique when you plan an encounter with her. She will fly right into your heart, or even onto your hand!
 
 
 
 

Days & Times:

Can occur any day of the week, during normal business hours (must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance).
Encounters are typically around 30 minutes long with the species of your choice.

Cost:

Members $81.50 (additional people: $30.75 per person)
Non-members $121.50 (additional people: $50.75 per person)
(Experience includes two people, for kids 12 and under, they need a paying adult participant to accompany them)

Details:

– Loft animal encounters are open to adults and children ages 5 to 15 years–when accompanied by an adult.
– The Loft Keeper will inform you as to which animals are available upon your arrival.
– Loft Animal Encounters must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

To Schedule:

For more information, to book this experience or purchase a gift certificate:
Email [email protected] or call 719-424-7827.