Our Mission

A leader in conservation, captive breeding and animal care, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo connects people with wildlife and wild places through experiences that inspire action.

Our Vision

Every Kid. Every Time. Goosebumps!
Every kid, of any age, will have an experience for a lifetime with every visit.

Our History

A Long History and Promising Future. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Society was founded in 1926 by philanthropist Spencer Penrose to house his growing collection of exotic animals. In 1938, after substantial development, Mr. Penrose deeded the Zoo as a non-profit public trust to the people of Colorado Springs. This trust was deemed “for the sole purpose of establishing and maintaining a zoological park to provide recreation, education, conservation and scientific facilities in the field of zoology and related subjects, and to preserve the Zoo in perpetuity for the people of the Pikes Peak region.”

Our Future

Growing and Evolving for Tomorrow. The Zoo prides itself on continuously evolving, creating exciting new and updated exhibits that give our guests the opportunity to understand and fall in love with animals and nature. By transforming the guest experience from a passive viewer to an active participant, the Zoo strives to encourage an appreciation and respect for the dignity and intrinsic value of all living things. Our hope is that this appreciation will inspire guests to make a difference in the natural world.

CMZoo’s Master Plan

Originally created in 1989, the Zoo’s Master Plan allows us to make changes and improvements by replacing deteriorating exhibits and buildings and improving visitor accessibility, convenience and safety. Over the past two decades, more than $30 million has been raised from community individuals, foundations and corporations and invested to replace or repair outdated Zoo facilities and exhibits.

Master Plan improvements made at the Zoo include: Asian Highlands (1996), Lions Lair (1997), My Big Backyard (2001), African Rift Valley (2003), Rocky Mountain Wild and Mountaineer Sky Ride (2008), the Front Entry Plaza and Grizzly Grill (2010), Wilgren Elephant Center (2011), Scutes Family Gallery (2012) and Encounter Africa and The Overlook (2013), The Loft (2014), Australia Walkabout (2015), Goat Playground (2016), Pizza with a View and Cozy Goat (2018), Water’s Edge: Africa (2020). See our Zoo timeline for complete listings.