Annual Giving

Annual giving Changing the World photo of elephants and bush plane.


Dear Friend,

As I look back over the last year, I am struck by how much Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has to be thankful for. When I think about our Zoo and the impact we’ve made on our guests, our community, and in conservation both in our backyard and around the world, one word comes to mind: thriving.

Because of loyal friends and supporters like you, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo continues to grow, improve, and provide incredible guest experiences with every visit. Whether we’re building new exhibits, introducing new events or creating new ways to get up-close-and-personal with our animals, we are always looking for unique ways to impact our guests and our community. Our focus on connecting people with wildlife and wild places through experiences that inspire action is thriving, and it is all because of you.

Here are just a few of that ways that you have helped us thrive this year:

  • Thriving Zoo attendance: For the 4th year in a row, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo achieved record attendance with more than 778,000 guests
  • Thriving species: This year alone, our Zoo welcomed adorable baby meerkats and a baby reticulated giraffe, as well as endangered Canada lynx kittens, black-footed ferrets, and Wyoming toads
  • Thriving growth: With our Making Waves capital campaign close to reaching its goal, we have already demolished the old Aquatics building and are looking forward to construction on the new hippo and penguin exhibits, as well as a brand-new EdVenture facility
  • Thriving conservation programs: Our work in Africa translocating giraffes with Operation Twiga and preventing the poaching of elephants and rhinos with the Tsavo Trust are just two of the critical conservation efforts we support around the globe and in our own backyard
  • Thriving education: We provided a fun, safe outdoor adventure for more than 20,000 kids on school trips
  • Thriving animal care: Not only is our Zoo the first to successfully implement giraffe stem cell replacement, we’ve also provided cutting-edge care for species throughout the Zoo
  • Thriving improvements: We’re always doing something new. This year, we expanded and updated our Primate World exhibit, as well as built a brand new beaver exhibit
  • Thriving reputation: Our Zoo was ranked the 6th best Zoo in the nation by USA Today, as well as #5 in the nation in their best zoo lights category for our Electric Safari

This is just a glimpse of the many ways you have helped us continue to grow, improve, and provide more families with an opportunity to experience animals and the natural world in an impactful way. And we’re just getting started.

Every time you visit, renew your membership, or make a donation, you are supporting not only a valuable community asset, but conservation of the natural world. We are thriving because of the trust you have placed in us to carry out this important work. I hope you’ll consider a meaningful year-end gift to the Zoo. Every dollar will help us- our animals, our conservation programs, our community- continue to thrive.

Bob Chastain
President & CEO


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Please contact Kelley Parker, Director of Development at [email protected] or 719-424-7810.