Animal Happenings

Animals & Keepers Show their Stuff.

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

  • Some 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
  • 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!


TEXT – for any day’s Animal Happening Schedule

Receive any day’s Animal Happening Schedule right on your phone via text message. Simply text “Zoo + day of the week” to 95577.
(i.e. “Zoomonday” or “Zoosaturday.” Quick and simple so you don’t miss a single animal happening! Standard text message rates apply.)


PDF VIEW / PRINT – Winter 2017 Animal Happening Schedule PDF



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


Keeper Talks, Demos & Feedings

Listed in order by time of day; earliest to latest.

(NOTE: Watch for day of the week, not all shows are daily.)

Wolf Feeding & Keeper Talk

Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
Catch a glimpse of the elusive Mexican grey wolf. Feeding time is a great time to see one of the rarest animals in North America.

Gator Demo

Daily, 11 a.m.
Australia Walkabout (AW)
Come see how the keepers work with one of the largest reptiles on the planet.

Canada Lynx Enrichment

Tuesday, 11:15 a.m.
Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
Learn why lynx are called the “ghost cats” and why their feet are so big. Watch our lynx enjoying some exciting toys and treats!

Eagle Feeding and Keeper Talk

Monday, 11:15 a.m.
Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
Bald eagles are majestic creatures and our nation’s symbol. Come see our pair in action as they get fed by our keepers.

Mountain Lion Training

Sunday, 11:15 a.m.
Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
Meet Colorado’s biggest cats and watch them interact with enrichment or train with their keepers. Be amazed at how well they adapt to their mountain home!

Otter Enrichment

Wednesday, 11:15 a.m.
Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
Our aquatic acrobats will amaze you as they look for an underwater snack. Animal care staff will be on hand to share just how outstanding otters are.

Monkey Pavilion Training Demo

Daily, 11:45 a.m.
Monkey Pavilion (MP) – outdoor enclosures
See some of the ways our primates have adapted to life high in the trees. Learn how you can help preserve a place for nature’s high fliers long into the future through habitat conservation.

Red River Hog Feeding and Keeper Talk

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 share some information about our hog family.

Giraffe Training Demo

Daily, 2 p.m.
African Rift Valley (ARV) – location posted daily on ARV boardwalk
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.

Great Ape Training Demo

Daily, 2:30 p.m.
Primate World (PW)
Our Primate World house recently got some upgrades. Come see our great apes up-close and personal at their new training panel.

Grizzly Enrichment Feeding

Tuesday & Thursday, 2:45 p.m.
Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW) – boardwalk above bear side yard
Stop by to see Emmett and Digger play with enrichment made to bring out the best in our bears.

Moose Training

Saturday, 3:30 p.m. (weather permitting)
Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
Let us introduce you to Tahoma, our resident moose. Join our Animal Care Staff to learn about the largest member of the deer family.


Natural Behavior Animal Shows

Listed in order by time of day; earliest to latest.

(NOTE: Watch for day of the week, not all shows are daily.)

Amur Leopard Show

Friday, 10:30 a.m.
Asian Highlands (AH)
Amur leopards are some of the most agile big cats in the world. Let us show you just how agile they can be.

Amur Tiger Show

Sunday, 10:30 a.m. (weather permitting)
Asian Highlands (AH)
Learn how and why our animal care staff train and enrich our tigers. Catch a tiger training session, when they’ll show off their skills and adaptations, or watch them play with a new enrichment item.

Orangutans Are Awesome

Daily, 11 a.m.
Primate World (PW) – outdoors or indoors (weather permitting)
Have you ever thought about why orangutans have such huge hands? Come see just how “handy” they are, as our orangutans share how some of their cool adaptations help them live in the rainforest. Find out how you can help make sure orangutans are around for years to come by learning about palm oil and how it affects their habitat.

Snow Leopard Show

Thursday & 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

Bear Necessities: Grizzly Bear Show

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 2:45 p.m.
Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW) – grizzly bear viewing area
WWhat 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.


Up-Close Guest Experiences

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

Budgie Buddies 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, finches, cockatiels, rosella and princess parrots.



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.


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.

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