1926 Society

That’s when it all began…

In 1926, Spencer Penrose founded the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Spurred into action by a growing collection of animals with nowhere to put them, Penrose was inspired to create the “zoo on the mountain.” When he incorporated the Zoo as a non-profit public trust for the people of Colorado Springs, he could hardly have imagined that his small menagerie would someday become one of the finest private zoological parks in the country.

Today, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is thriving, in no small part because of the unwavering community support we receive. Because the Zoo operates without any local or regional tax support, it is our friends and supporters who help us to achieve our mission of conservation, education and animal care. Over the years, many individuals and families have chosen to leave lasting gifts for the Zoo through planning giving, creating a unique way to leave their own legacy.


Leaving a legacy

The uniqueness of our Zoo creates experiences that last a lifetime. Your support allows the Zoo to continue to be a community treasure, while also participating in important conservation work locally and globally.

The 1926 Society is an elite group of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s long-time supporters who have included the Zoo in their estate plans. Their contributions help us bring the Zoo’s mission to life, and they create a lasting impact for future generations of guests who can help preserve wildlife and wild places.




We expected to love Colorado Springs when we moved here ten years ago, but it was a wonderful surprise to discover a unique and beloved community treasure: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo! As members, we have been continually impressed by the dynamic vision and talent of the Zoo’s leadership team, and the knowledge and dedication of its employees. The opportunity we have in Colorado Springs to see these magnificent animals and learn about conservation efforts is extraordinary, and a privilege we must not take for granted. By including Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in our estate plans, we are proud to be part of its future and the important work it is doing locally, nationally and internationally.



Will you join Jim and Janis and leave your legacy at the Zoo?

Your membership in the 1926 Society is activated once you notify us that your estate plans include the Zoo. Membership includes exclusive activities and events.

Have you already included the Zoo in your estate plan?  Let Us Know!


For more information about the 1926 Society, please contact Kelley Parker, Director of Development at kparker@cmzoo.org or call 719-424-7810.