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!

 


TEXT – for any day’s Animal Happening Schedule

Receive the Animal Happenings Schedule for any day of the week 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 – Fall 2018 Animal Happening Schedule PDF

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


 

ANIMAL HAPPENING SCHEDULE – Fall 2018:

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.

Amur Leopard Show

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

Amur leopards are some of the most agile big cats in the wild. Let us show you just how agile they can be.


Amur Tiger Show

Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. & Friday, 11:15 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.


Bear Necessities: Grizzly Bear Show

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 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 princess parrots.


Canada Lynx Enrichment & Keeper Talk

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

Learn why lynx are called “ghost cats” and why their feet are so big. Watch our lynx enjoying some exciting toys and treats!


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.


Construction “Keeper” Talk

Tuesday 12:30 p.m. & Thursday, 10 a.m.
Entrance to the construction detour pathway
-(on the way to Primate World)
Learn about the construction process for the new home for hippos and penguins – straight from the construction experts at G.E. Johnson! Each week, a representative from our contractor will talk about the progress, and on the third Thursday of every month, they’ll feature a piece of construction equipment on site.


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

Monday, 11:15 a.m. & Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
Come meet the keepers and let them introduce you to our resident bald eagles.


Gator 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.


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)
– location posted daily on ARV boardwalk (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)
Come see how keepers use training to take great care of our small- and medium-sized primates!


Moose Training

Tuesday & Friday, 10:30 a.m. (weather permitting)
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

Sunday, 11:15 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 and/or Training

Daily, 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Primate World (PW)

Orangutans are some of the most intelligent primates on the planet. Our keepers will be training with them and showing off just how smart they really are.


Otter Enrichment

Thursday, 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.


Pallas Cat Demo

Tuesday & Thursday, 2:45 p.m.
Asian Highlands (AH)

Come see these elusive cats interacting with the keepers as they get trained or receive some of their favorite enrichment items.


Red River Hog Feeding & 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.


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.


Siamang Enrichment

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 3 p.m.
Primate World (PW)

Come watch our pair of siamangs (the world’s largest gibbon species) interact with enrichment. You might even see some training!


Snow Leopard Show

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 hung in their mountain habitats.


Wolf Enrichment & Keeper Talk

Monday, Saturday, Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
Catch a glimpse of the elusive Mexican gray 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, 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.

 


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!
 
 
 

 


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 Australian Walkabout (AW)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Giraffe Feeding Experience African Rift Valley (ARV)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Chicken Feeding Experience Australian Walkabout (AW)
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)
10:30 a.m. Rocky Mountain Goat Show Top of Rocky Mountain Goats (RMG)
        Wolf Feeding & Keeper Talk Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
11 a.m. Gator Keeper Talk Australia Walkabout (AW)
11:15 a.m. Mountain Lion Training Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
11:30 a.m. Orangutan Enrichment and/or Training Primate World (PW)
11:45 a.m. Monkey Pavilion Training Demo Monkey Pavilion (MP)
        Red River Hog Feeding & Keeper Talk African Rift Valley (ARV)
2:00 p.m. Giraffe Training African Rift Valley (ARV)
2:30 p.m. Orangutan Enrichment and/or Training Primate World (PW)
2:45 p.m. Bear Necessities: Grizzly Bear Show Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
3 p.m. Siamang Enrichment Primate World (PW)

 

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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 Australian Walkabout (AW)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Giraffe Feeding Experience African Rift Valley (ARV)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Chicken Feeding Experience Australian Walkabout (AW)
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)
10:30 a.m. Rocky Mountain Goat Show Top of Rocky Mountain Goats (RMG)
        Wolf Feeding & Keeper Talk Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
11 a.m. Gator Keeper Talk Australia Walkabout (AW)
11:15 a.m. Eagle Keeper Talk & Training Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
11:30 a.m. Orangutan Enrichment and/or Training Primate World (PW)
11:45 a.m. Monkey Pavilion Training Demo Monkey Pavilion (MP)
        Red River Hog Feeding & Keeper Talk African Rift Valley (ARV)
2:00 p.m. Giraffe Training African Rift Valley (ARV)
2:30 p.m. Orangutan Enrichment and/or Training Primate World (PW)
2:45 p.m. Bear Necessities: Grizzly Bear Show Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)

 

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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 Australian Walkabout (AW)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Giraffe Feeding Experience African Rift Valley (ARV)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Chicken Feeding Experience Australian Walkabout (AW)
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)
10:30 a.m. Moose Training Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
        Rocky Mountain Goat Show Top of Rocky Mountain Goats (RMG)
11 a.m. Gator Keeper Talk Australia Walkabout (AW)
11:15 a.m. Canada Lynx Enrichment & Keeper Talk Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
11:30 a.m. Orangutan Enrichment and/or Training Primate World (PW)
11:45 a.m. Monkey Pavilion Training Demo Monkey Pavilion (MP)
        Red River Hog Feeding & Keeper Talk African Rift Valley (ARV)
12:30 p.m. Construction “Keeper” Talk Entrance to construction detour toward Primate World (PW)
2 p.m. Giraffe Training African Rift Valley (ARV)
2:30 p.m. Orangutan Enrichment and/or Training Primate World (PW)
2:45 p.m. Pallas Cat Demo Asian Highlands (AH)

 

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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 Australian Walkabout (AW)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Giraffe Feeding Experience African Rift Valley (ARV)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Chicken Feeding Experience Australian Walkabout (AW)
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)
10:30 a.m. Amur Tiger Show Asian Highlands (AH)
        Rocky Mountain Goat Show Top of Rocky Mountain Goats (RMG)
11 a.m. Gator Keeper Talk Australian Walkabout (AW)
11:15 a.m. Amur Leopard Show Asian Highlands (AH)
11:30 a.m. Orangutan Enrichment and/or Training Primate World (PW)
11:45 a.m. Monkey Pavilion Training Demo Monkey Pavilion (MP)
        Red River Hog Feeding & Keeper Talk African Rift Valley (ARV)
2 p.m. Giraffe Training African Rift Valley (ARV)
2:30 p.m. Orangutan Enrichment and/or Training Primate World (PW)
2:45 p.m. Bear Necessities: Grizzly Bear Show Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)

 

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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 Australian Walkabout (AW)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Giraffe Feeding Experience African Rift Valley (ARV)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Chicken Feeding Experience Australian Walkabout (AW)
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)
10 a.m. Construction “Keeper” Talk Entrance to construction detour toward Primate World (PW)
10:30 a.m. Eagle Keeper Talk & Training Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
        Rocky Mountain Goat Show Top of Rocky Mountain Goats (RMG)
11 a.m. Gator Keeper Talk Australian Walkabout (AW)
11:15 a.m. Otter Enrichment Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
11:30 a.m. Orangutan Enrichment and/or Training Primate World (PW)
11:45 a.m. Monkey Pavilion Training Demo Monkey Pavilion (MP)
        Red River Hog Feeding & Keeper Talk African Rift Valley (ARV)
2 p.m. Giraffe Training African Rift Valley (ARV)
2:30 p.m. Orangutan Enrichment and/or Training Primate World (PW)
2:45 p.m. Pallas Cat Demo Asian Highlands (AH)

 

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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 Australian Walkabout (AW)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Giraffe Feeding Experience African Rift Valley (ARV)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Chicken Feeding Experience Australian Walkabout (AW)
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)
10:30 a.m. Moose Training Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
        Rocky Mountain Goat Show Top of Rocky Mountain Goats (RMG)
11 a.m. Gator Keeper Talk Australian Walkabout (AW)
11:15 a.m. Amur Tiger Show Asian Highlands (AH)
11:30 a.m. Orangutan Enrichment and/or Training Primate World (PW)
11:45 a.m. Monkey Pavilion Training Demo Monkey Pavilion (MP)
        Red River Hog Feeding & Keeper Talk African Rift Valley (ARV)
2 p.m. Giraffe Training African Rift Valley (ARV)
2:30 p.m. Orangutan Enrichment and/or Training Primate World (PW)
2:45 p.m. Bear Necessities: Grizzly Bear Show Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
3 p.m. Siamang Enrichment Primate World (PW)

 

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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 Australian Walkabout (AW)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Giraffe Feeding Experience African Rift Valley (ARV)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Chicken Feeding Experience Australian Walkabout (AW)
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)
10:30 a.m. Rocky Mountain Goat Show Top of Rocky Mountain Goats (RMG)
        Wolf Feeding & Keeper Talk Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
11 a.m. Gator Keeper Talk Australia Walkabout (AW)
11:15 a.m. Snow Leopard Show Asian Highlands (AH)
11:30 a.m. Orangutan Enrichment and/or Training Primate World (PW)
11:45 a.m. Monkey Pavilion Training Demo Monkey Pavilion (MP)
        Red River Hog Feeding & Keeper Talk African Rift Valley (ARV)
2 p.m. Giraffe Training African Rift Valley (ARV)
2:30 p.m. Orangutan Enrichment and/or Training Primate World (PW)
2:45 p.m. Bear Necessities: Grizzly Bear Show Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
3 p.m. Siamang Enrichment Primate World (PW)