Animal Happenings

Keeper with guest and bird in-flight, during Wings of Africa Bird Show

Animals & Keepers Show their Stuff.

Discover great opportunities to learn more about the animals and what we do at the Zoo!

  • Most listings are seasonal, refer to the PDF, text or show schedule below to plan your visit.
  • Ensure that the activity you’re interested in will happen the day of your visit by calling 719-633-9925, or e-mail [email protected].
  • During your visit, check the Animal Happening signs in each area for the most up to date information.

Animal Encounters

Bears. Lions. Elephants. And more! Want to get up-close to the Zoo’s animals?…go on your own custom Animal Encounter!

 


FOR MOBILE SCHEDULE:

  • View Show Schedule PDF at www.cmzoo.org/shows
    Organized by days of the week, listed by time of day, as scheduled. An alphabetical list with show descriptions follows at the end.
  • Via text message: – text “ZOO + day of the week” to 1-844-MY-CMZOO   (1-844-692-6966),
    (i.e. “ZOOMONDAY” or “ZOOSATURDAY” (with no spaces). Standard text message rates apply.


 

PDF VIEW / PRINT – Fall 2019 Animal Happening Schedule PDF

Organized by days of the week and listed by time of day as scheduled. An alphabetical list of shows with descriptions follows at the end for reference.


 

ANIMAL HAPPENING SCHEDULE – Fall 2019:

Note: Times may vary due to weather restrictions. Show schedules update seasonally.

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Animal Happenings Descriptions

A detailed alphabetical list of shows and happenings for reference.

Alligator Keeper Talk

Daily, 11 a.m.
Australia Walkabout (AW)
Our gators love basking in the warm sun and our keepers love talking about them. You may even see them get some of their favorite enrichment.


Backyard Nature Experience

Daily, 10:30 a.m.
My Big Backyard (BBY)

Have you ever had an up-close experience with a rabbit? Have you gone toe-to-toe with a frog? Have you stared an insect in the eyes? No? Then don’t miss out on this fun opportunity. You never know what you’ll get to meet!


Bear Necessities: Grizzly Bear Show

Daily, 2:45 p.m.
Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
– grizzly bear viewing area
What are the “bear necessities” for living like a wild grizzly? Emmett and Digger invite you to come by and see what natural behaviors make bears so perfectly adapted for living in their rugged mountain homes. You may even catch some training that allows us to take better care of the bears in their home here at the Zoo.


Budgie Feeding Experience

Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Australia Walkabout (AW)
– at Budgie Buddies
Cost: $1 per seed stick
More fun than you can shake a seed stick at! Take a stroll through our aviary, surrounded by more than 100 free-flight Australian birds – budgies, cockatiels, and a princess parrot.


Chicken Feeding Experience

Daily, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
My Big Backyard (BBY)

Cost: $1
Join one of the hottest urban farming trends – raising chickens! Hand-feed some of the rarest and most exotic chicken varieties.


Chicken Parade

Daily, 9:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m. (Times may vary slightly due to weather.)
My Big Backyard (BBY)

Our chicken flock loves taking walks. Cheer on these awesome birds as they run out to their yard or stroll back to roost for the night.


Domestic Goat Encounters

Daily, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Domestic Goats –
next to The Loft, below RMW
Stop by to interact with our domestic goats! You will see how curious and fun these creatures are.


Domestic Goat Feeding Experience

Daily, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Domestic Goats
– next to The Loft, below RMW
Hand-feed our domestic goats and walk around their fun area!


Eagle Keeper Talk & Feeding

Sunday, 11:15 a.m.
Come meet the keepers and let them introduce you to our resident bald eagles.


Elephant Demo – Keepers Caring for Elephants

Daily, 10:45 a.m. (through October)
Encounter Africa (EA)
– Outdoor elephant Amphitheater
Have you ever wondered what it takes to care for an elephant herd? Join our keeper staff as they give our girls baths, pedicures and exercise.


Elephant Snack Time

Saturday & Sunday, 11-11:30 a.m. (through October)
Encounter Africa (EA)
– next to Lane Falls
Cost: $10 for one feeding experience
$15 for one feeding experience plus additional treat
Have you ever fed an elephant? Well, here is your chance! Come by and meet one of our elephants up close and personal.


Giraffe Feeding Experience

Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
African Rift Valley (ARV)
– boardwalk or barn (weather dependent)
Cost: $3 per lettuce bundle, or two for $5
A Cheyenne Mountain Zoo favorite, 365 days a year! Hand-feed our huge giraffe herd! Our elevated boardwalk will put you eye-to-eye with these graceful animals.


Giraffe Training

Daily, 2 p.m.
African Rift Valley (ARV)
– boardwalk or barn (weather dependent)
Have you heard about our herd? Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has one of the largest giraffe herds in the U.S., and we can’t wait to tell you all about them! Our giraffe will show you their training in action, and you can learn about how these gentle giants are helping to save their wild counterparts.


Monkey Pavilion Training Demo

Daily, 11:45 a.m
Monkey Pavilion (MP) .
indoor or outdoor enclosure (weather dependent)
Watch keepers train with our small- and medium-sized primates for various husbandry behaviors.


Moose Training & Keeper Talk

Friday, 11:15 a.m.
Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)

Let us introduce you to Tahoma, our resident moose. Join our animal care staff and learn about the largest member of the deer family.


Mountain Lion Training

Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)

Meet Colorado’s biggest cats. Watch them interact with enrichment or train with their keepers. Be amazed at how well they adapt to their mountain home!


Orangutan Enrichment

Daily, 10:45 a.m.
Primate World (PW)

Orangutans are some of the most intelligent primates on the planet. Come see just how smart they really are!


Orangutan Training – Growing up Orangutan

Daily, 12 p.m.
Primate World (PW)

Stop by to see up close the important wellness routines our orangutans participate in from birth to adulthood. You may be surprised at how similar they are to your kids!


Red River Hog Feeding

Daily, 11:45 a.m.
African Rift Valley (ARV)

Come to the hog exhibit for a little lunchtime visit. Keepers will feed the hogs and be available to chat!


Rhino Training Demo

Daily, 3:15 p.m. (through October)
Encounter Africa (EA)

See how the keepers train with our black rhino, Jumbe. Learn how we care for him and see how these majestic animals are adapted for life in the African savannas.


Rhino Snack Time

Saturday & Sunday, 12 – 12:30 p.m. (through October)
Encounter Africa (EA)

Cost: $10 for one feeding experience
How many people have had the opportunity to feed a rhino? Now is your chance! Jumbe is ready to slobber all over your hand.


Rocky Mountain Goat Show

Daily, 10:30 a.m.
Rocky Mountain Goats
– activity yard at top of exhibit (across from Pizza with a View)
Rocky Mountain goats are some of North America’s greatest rock climbers. Ours are no exception, and they are excited to show off their great skills.


Snow Leopard Training & Keeper Talk

Saturday, 11:15 a.m.
Asian Highlands (AH)

Snow leopards are some of the most elusive big cats in the world, but ours isn’t that shy. Come by and see just how agile these cats need to be to hunt in their mountain habitats.


Wolf Enrichment & Keeper Talk

Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)

Catch a glimpse of the elusive Mexican wolf. Feeding time is a great time to see one of the rarest animals in North America.

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Up-Close Guest Experiences Explained

No need to make reservations for these unique experiences at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
Get up-close with long-time favorites and some new additions on your next visit.
 

Guest hand-feeds budgie bird with a seedstick

Budgie Feeding Experience

Daily, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Australia Walkabout (AW) – Budgie Buddies

Cost: $1 per seed stick
More fun than you can shake a seed stick at! Take a stroll through our aviary, surrounded by more than 100 free-flight Australian birds – budgies, cockatiels, rosella and princess parrots.
 
 
 
 


Young guest has fun feeding chickens

Chicken Feeding Experience

Daily, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
My Big Backyard (BBY)

Cost: $1 per feed cup
Join in on one of the hottest urban farming trends – raising chickens! Hand-feed some of the rarest and most exotic chicken varieties.
 
 
 
 
 


Young guest enjoys hand-feeding a domestic goat

Domestic Goat Feeding Experience

Daily, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Domestic Goats – next to The Loft, below RMW

Cost: $1 per feed cup
Hand-feed our domestic goats and walk around their fun area!
 

Domestic Goat Encounters

Daily, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Domestic Goats – next to The Loft, below RMW
Stop by to interact with our domestic goats! You will see how curious and fun these creatures are.

 


Elephant Snack time with keeper helping guest hand-feed an elephant

Elephant Snack Time

Saturday & Sunday, 11-11:30 a.m. – Through October (weather permitting)
Encounter Africa (EA) – next to Lane Falls,

Cost: $10 for one feeding experience
          $15 for one feeding experience plus additional treat
Have you ever fed an elephant? Well, here is your chance! Come by and meet one of our elephants up-close and personal.
 
Your snack time experience helps contribute $25,000 annually toward elephant conservation!
 
 
 


Guests hand-feed giraffe lettuce in African Rift Valley

Giraffe Feeding Experience

Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
African Rift Valley (ARV) – boardwalk or barn (weather dependent)

Cost: $3 per lettuce bundle, or two for $5
A Cheyenne Mountain Zoo favorite, 365 days a year! Hand-feed our huge giraffe herd! Our elevated boardwalk will put you eye-to-eye with these graceful animals.
 
Sneak-a-peek on our live-streaming outdoor GIRAFFE CAMS!
 
 
 


Keeper with young guest hand-feeding rhino a snack

Rhino Snack Time

Saturday & Sunday, 12-12:30 p.m. Through October (weather permitting)
Encounter Africa (EA)

Cost: $10 for one feeding experience
How many people have had the opportunity to feed a rhino? Now is your chance! Jumbe is ready to slobber all over your hand.
 
Your snack time experience helps contribute $25,000 annually toward rhino conservation!
 


NOTE: Seasonal Elephant and Rhino Feeding Experiences are offered during the summer months, and listed above when available.


 

Listings are by time of day, as scheduled:

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Sunday

Expand Descriptions above for show details.  View Zoo Map for locations.
*Time may vary due to weather restrictions.

Time Animal Happening Location
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Budgie Feeding Experience Australia Walkabout (AW)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Giraffe Feeding Experience African Rift Valley (ARV)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Chicken Feeding Experience My Big Backyard (BBY)
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Domestic Goat Encounters Next to The Loft (RMW)
Hourly; 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Domestic Goat Feeding Experience Next to The Loft (RMW)
9:30 a.m. Chicken Parade My Big Backyard (BBY)
10:30 a.m. Backyard Nature Experience My Big Backyard (BBY)
        Rocky Mountain Goat Show Top of RMGoat exhibit (RMG)
        Mountain Lion Training Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
10:45 a.m. Elephant Demo – Keepers Caring for Elephants* Encounter Africa (EA)
        Orangutan Enrichment Primate World (PW)
11 a.m. Alligator Talk Australia Walkabout (AW)
        Elephant Snack Time* Encounter Africa (EA)
11:15 a.m. Eagle Feeding & Keeper Talk Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
11:45 a.m. Monkey Pavilion Training Demo Monkey Pavilion (MP)
        Red River Hog Feeding African Rift Valley (ARV)
12 p.m. Orangutan Training – Growing Up Orangutan Primate World (PW)
        Rhino Snack Time* Encounter Africa (EA)
2 p.m. Giraffe Training African Rift Valley (ARV)
2:45 p.m. Bear Necessities: Grizzly Bear Show Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
3:15 p.m. Rhino Training Demo* Encounter Africa (EA)
4:30 p.m. Chicken Parade My Big Backyard (BBY)

*Through October
 

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Monday

Expand Descriptions above for show details.  View Zoo Map for locations.
*Time may vary due to weather restrictions.

Time Animal Happening Location
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Budgie Feeding Experience Australia Walkabout (AW)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Giraffe Feeding Experience African Rift Valley (ARV)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Chicken Feeding Experience My Big Backyard (BBY)
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Domestic Goat Encounters Next to The Loft (RMW)
Hourly; 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Domestic Goat Feeding Experience Next to The Loft (RMW)
9:30 a.m. Chicken Parade My Big Backyard (BBY)
10:30 a.m. Backyard Nature Experience My Big Backyard (BBY)
        Rocky Mountain Goat Show Rocky Mountain Goats (RMG)
        Wolf Feeding & Keeper Talk Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
10:45 a.m. Keepers Caring for Elephants* Encounter Africa (EA)
        Orangutan Enrichment Primate World (PW)
11 a.m. Alligator Talk Australia Walkabout (AW)
11:45 a.m. Monkey Pavilion Training Demo Monkey Pavilion (MP)
        Red River Hog Feeding African Rift Valley (ARV)
12 p.m. Orangutan Training – Growing up Orangutan Primate World (PW)
2 p.m. Giraffe Training African Rift Valley (ARV)
2:45 p.m. Bear Necessities: Grizzly Bear Show Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
3:15 p.m. Rhino Training Demo* Encounter Africa (EA)
4:30 p.m. Chicken Parade My Big Backyard (BBY)

 

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Tuesday

Expand Descriptions above for show details.  View Zoo Map for locations.
*Time may vary due to weather restrictions.

Time Animal Happening Location
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Budgie Feeding Experience Australia Walkabout (AW)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Giraffe Feeding Experience African Rift Valley (ARV)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Chicken Feeding Experience My Big Backyard (BBY)
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Domestic Goat Encounters Next to The Loft (RMW)
Hourly; 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Domestic Goat Feeding Experience Next to The Loft (RMW)
9:30 a.m. Chicken Parade My Big Backyard (BBY)
10:30 a.m. Backyard Nature Experience My Big Backyard (BBY)
        Rocky Mountain Goat Show Top of RMGoat exhibit (RMG)
        Mountain Lion Training Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
10:45 a.m. Elephant Demo – Keepers Caring for Elephants* Encounter Africa (EA)
        Orangutan Enrichment Primate World (PW)
11 a.m. Alligator Talk Australia Walkabout (AW)
11:45 a.m. Monkey Pavilion Training Demo Monkey Pavilion (MP)
        Red River Hog Feeding African Rift Valley (ARV)
12 p.m. Orangutan Training – Growing Up Orangutan Primate World (PW)
2 p.m. Giraffe Training African Rift Valley (ARV)
2:45 p.m. Bear Necessities: Grizzly Bear Show Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
3:15 p.m. Rhino Training Demo* Encounter Africa (EA)
4:30 p.m. Chicken Parade My Big Backyard (BBY)

 

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Wednesday

Expand Descriptions above for show details.  View Zoo Map for locations.
*Time may vary due to weather restrictions.

Time Animal Happening Location
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Budgie Feeding Experience Australia Walkabout (AW)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Giraffe Feeding Experience African Rift Valley (ARV)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Chicken Feeding Experience My Big Backyard (BBY)
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Domestic Goat Encounters Next to The Loft (RMW)
Hourly; 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Domestic Goat Feeding Experience Next to The Loft (RMW)
9:30 a.m. Chicken Parade My Big Backyard (BBY)
10:30 a.m. Backyard Nature Experience My Big Backyard (BBY)
        Rocky Mountain Goat Show Rocky Mountain Goats (RMG)
        Wolf Feeding & Keeper Talk Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
10:45 a.m. Elephant Demo – Keepers Caring for Elephants* Encounter Africa (EA)
        Orangutan Enrichment Primate World (PW)
11 a.m. Alligator Talk Australia Walkabout (AW)
11:45 a.m. Monkey Pavilion Training Demo Monkey Pavilion (MP)
        Red River Hog Feeding African Rift Valley (ARV)
12 p.m. Orangutan Training – Growing Up Orangutan Primate World (PW)
2 p.m. Giraffe Training African Rift Valley (ARV)
2:45 p.m. Bear Necessities: Grizzly Bear Show Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
3:15 p.m. Rhino Training Demo* Encounter Africa (EA)
4:30 p.m. Chicken Parade My Big Backyard (BBY)

 

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Thursday

Expand Descriptions above for show details.  View Zoo Map for locations.
*Time may vary due to weather restrictions.

Time Animal Happening Location
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Budgie Feeding Experience Australia Walkabout (AW)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Giraffe Feeding Experience African Rift Valley (ARV)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Chicken Feeding Experience My Big Backyard (BBY)
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Domestic Goat Encounters Next to The Loft (RMW)
Hourly; 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Domestic Goat Feeding Experience Next to The Loft (RMW)
9:30 a.m. Chicken Parade My Big Backyard (BBY)
10:30 a.m. Backyard Nature Experience My Big Backyard (BBY)
        Rocky Mountain Goat Show Top of RMGoat exhibit (RMG)
        Mountain Lion Training Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
10:45 a.m. Elephant Demo – Keepers Caring for Elephants* Encounter Africa (EA)
        Orangutan Enrichment Primate World (PW)
11 a.m. Alligator Talk Australia Walkabout (AW)
11:45 a.m. Monkey Pavilion Training Demo Monkey Pavilion (MP)
        Red River Hog Feeding African Rift Valley (ARV)
12 p.m. Orangutan Training – Growing Up Orangutan Primate World (PW)
2 p.m. Giraffe Training African Rift Valley (ARV)
2:45 p.m. Bear Necessities: Grizzly Bear Show Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
3:15 p.m. Rhino Training Demo* Encounter Africa (EA)
4:30 p.m. Chicken Parade My Big Backyard (BBY)

 

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Friday

Expand Descriptions above for show details.  View Zoo Map for locations.
*Time may vary due to weather restrictions.

Time Animal Happening Location
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Budgie Feeding Experience Australia Walkabout (AW)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Giraffe Feeding Experience African Rift Valley (ARV)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Chicken Feeding Experience My Big Backyard (BBY)
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Domestic Goat Encounters Next to The Loft (RMW)
Hourly; 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Domestic Goat Feeding Experience Next to The Loft (RMW)
9:30 a.m. Chicken Parade My Big Backyard (BBY)
10:30 a.m. Backyard Nature Experience My Big Backyard (BBY)
        Rocky Mountain Goat Show Rocky Mountain Goats (RMG)
        Wolf Feeding & Keeper Talk Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
10:45 a.m. Elephant Demo – Keepers Caring for Elephants* Encounter Africa (EA)
        Orangutan Enrichment Primate World (PW)
11 a.m. Alligator Talk Australia Walkabout (AW)
11:15 a.m. Moose Training & Keeper Talk Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
11:45 a.m. Monkey Pavilion Training Demo Monkey Pavilion (MP)
        Red River Hog Feeding African Rift Valley (ARV)
12 p.m. Orangutan Training – Growing Up Orangutan Primate World (PW)
2 p.m. Giraffe Training African Rift Valley (ARV)
2:45 p.m. Bear Necessities: Grizzly Bear Show Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
3:15 p.m. Rhino Training Demo* Encounter Africa (EA)
4:30 p.m. Chicken Parade My Big Backyard (BBY)

 

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Saturday

Expand Descriptions above for show details.  View Zoo Map for locations.
*Time may vary due to weather restrictions.

Time Animal Happening Location
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Budgie Feeding Experience Australia Walkabout (AW)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Giraffe Feeding Experience African Rift Valley (ARV)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Chicken Feeding Experience My Big Backyard (BBY)
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Domestic Goat Encounters Next to The Loft (RMW)
Hourly; 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Domestic Goat Feeding Experience Next to The Loft (RMW)
9:30 a.m. Chicken Parade My Big Backyard (BBY)
10:30 a.m. Backyard Nature Experience My Big Backyard (BBY)
        Rocky Mountain Goat Show Top of RMGoat exhibit (RMG)
        Wolf Feeding & Keeper Talk Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
10:45 a.m. Elephant Demo – Keepers Caring for Elephants* Encounter Africa (EA)
        Orangutan Enrichment Primate World (PW)
11 a.m. Alligator Talk Australia Walkabout (AW)
        Elephant Snack Time* Encounter Africa (EA)
11:15 a.m. Snow Leopard Training & Keeper Talk Asian Highlands
11:45 a.m. Monkey Pavilion Training Demo Monkey Pavilion (MP)
        Red River Hog Feeding African Rift Valley (ARV)
12 p.m. Orangutan Training – Growing Up Orangutan Primate World (PW)
        Rhino Snack Time* Encounter Africa (EA)
2 p.m. Giraffe Training African Rift Valley (ARV)
2:45 p.m. Bear Necessities: Grizzly Bear Show Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
3:15 p.m. Rhino Training Demo* Encounter Africa (EA)
4:30 p.m. Chicken Parade My Big Backyard (BBY)