Memorial & Tribute Giving

Photo of male African lion at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo overlooking Colorado Springs to the east.

A Special Way to Remember.

The Zoo is delighted to receive gifts in honor of special friends, family members, businesses or organizations who regard the Zoo as a special place. Gifts are recognized in the form of tribute gifts and/or memorials.


Honor & Tribute Gifts

Should you choose to pay tribute to an individual or a business with a donation to the Zoo, an acknowledgement from the Zoo’s President will be sent to both you and the individual or business/organization being honored. Depending on the size of the gift, the donor and the honoree would be listed in an edition of The Waterhole – the Zoo’s eNewsletter.

You may make an online gift in remembrance below.




The Zoo is a meaningful place to honor a dear friend or loved one and offers a place to visit individually or as a group. These special gifts are displayed on Zoo grounds in a variety of ways depending on the size of the memorial. Donors are encouraged to speak directly with the Director of Development to personally discuss meaningful ways to acknowledge the memorial gift.

Some Memorial options include:


    Memorial Book

    Have the honoree’s name listed in the Memorial Book in Primate World ($250 or more).

    Tile Program

    Tile carving examples of animal choices for your tile

    Preserve your Legacy.

    Join the community wall of names and carve your memories in stone!
    Located in Encounter Africa, along the western wall as you enter the Wilgren Elephant Center.

    To learn more and/or purchase a tile, visit the Tile Program page!


    Bench Dedications

    Example of bench dedication at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo photo

    Leave Your Mark at the Zoo.

    Each year, more than 750,000 guests visit the Zoo. After a long walk on our mountain, many of our guests are thrilled to find a bench for a few moments of rest. With our bench program, you can create a lasting tribute while providing an important amenity for all who visit.

    The Bench Program allows you a unique opportunity to personalize one of our Zoo benches with a special plaque bearing your message. A personalized bench makes a great memorial, birthday gift, or corporate recognition tool. Cost for a personalized bench is $5,000.

    • Honor family or cherished friends.
    • Remember a loved one. Leave a legacy.
    • Recognize your business or favorite organization.


For more information, please contact Kelley Parker, Director of Development at [email protected] or 719-424-7810.