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 719-484-7811, 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 – Fall 2016 Animal Happening Schedule PDF



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


Keeper Talks and Demos

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

Gator Demo

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

Wolf Enrichment & Keeper Talk

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 11:30 a.m.
Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
Learn about the elusive Mexican gray wolf, one of North America’s rarest animals.

Otter Training Demo

Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. & Thursday, 3:30 p.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.

Mountain Lion Training

Monday & Tuesday 11:30 a.m. & Sunday, 3:30 p.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.

Giraffe Training Demonstration

Daily, 2 p.m.
African Rift Valley (ARV) – Location posted daily African Rift Valley boardwalk.
Have you heard about our herd? Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has one of the largest giraffe herds in captivity, and we can’t wait to tell you all about them! Stop by so our giraffe can show you their training in action, and learn about how these gentle giants are helping to save their wild counterparts.

Pallas’ Cat Enrichment Demo

Monday, 2 p.m.
Asian Highlands (AH)
Have you seen this elusive cat? Now is your chance. Our keepers will show you what kind of training we do and how we keep them active.

Amur Leopard Enrichment Demo

Wednesday & Friday, 2 p.m. (weather permitting)
Asian Highlands (AH)
Our Animal Care Staff works hard to keep our cats active and thinking. Come watch the leopards interact with our staff or some fun enrichment items.

Bald Eagle Enrichment & Keeper Talk

Monday, 3:30 p.m.
Watch as our pair of bald eagles enjoy some of their favorite treats!

North American Porcupine Demo

Friday, 3:30 p.m.
Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW)
What’s in that tree?! Is it a bird? Is it a monkey?! No, it’s a North American porcupine! Learn all about our quilled friends.

Lynx Enrichment & Keeper Talk

Tuesday & Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.
Learn why lynx are called “ghost cats” and why their feet are so big. Watch our lynx enjoying some exciting toys and treats!

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 tallest mammal in North America.


Animal Feeding Shows

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

Red River Hog Feeding and Keeper Talk

Daily, 11:45 a.m. (weather permitting)
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.

Grizzly Bear Enrichment Feeding

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:45 p.m.
Rocky Mountain Wild (RNW) – boardwalk above bear side yard
Stop by to see Emmett and igger playing with enrichment made to bring out the best in our bears.


Natural Behavior Animal Shows

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

Rocky Mountain Goat Show

Daily, 10:30 a.m.
Rocky Mountain Goats – activity yard at top of exhibit (between Aquatics and Carousel)
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.

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. By the end of the show, we think you’ll agree that orangutans are awesome!

Monkey Pavilion Training Demo

Daily, 11:45 a.m.
Monkey Pavilion (MP) (outdoor enclosures or inside, weather permitting)
See some of the ways our smaller 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.

Snow Leopard Show

Tuesday and Saturday, 2 p.m.
Asian Highlands (AH) (weather permitting)
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

Tiger Show

Thursday & Sunday, 2 p.m. (weather permitting)
Asian Highlands (AH)
Learn how and why our animal care staff train and enrich our tigers. Catch one of our tigers playing with a new enrichment item, or showing off skills and adaptations in a training session!.

Bear Necessities Grizzly 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.


Guest Feeding & Up-Close 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 150 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.