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June 2019

Groovin’ for Gibbons

Siamang gibbon swinging on tree limbs
Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Free

All ages - free with Zoo admission. Join us for the 10th #CMZoo Groovin' for Gibbons (G4G). This free event features fun activity stations designed to raise awareness for gibbons and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Live music will be provided by members of the Colorado Springs Conservatory. Come out to the Zoo to learn about gibbons and how you can save them in the wild!

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August 2019

World Lion Day

African lioness looking off right or photo at something catching her attention
Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

All ages. Included with admission. Celebrate World Lion Day with us! African lion populations have decreased dramatically in the past 25 years, but Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and zoos around the world are working hand in hand with lion recovery and conservation organizations to change that trend. World Lion Day will feature conservation-focused activity stations, interactive games, enrichment making, face painting and more! Stop by African Rift Valley between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn how you can help save these magnificent animals.

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AAZK’s Art on the Hoof

Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Join us for the 18th annual fundraiser of the American Assoc. of Zookeepers' Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Chapter. A night with animal art and animal art lovers provides you with an opportunity to help zookeepers and their work all the while supporting local artists. This special evening is at The Lodge at Moose Lake, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and will be filled with hors d'oeuvres, raffle and art! Details to follow. Artist's call for artwork, view or download the Art Donation Registration Form.

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September 2019

An Evening with The Pride

Male African lion portrait
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Calling all young professionals and philanthropists interested in networking, fundraising and personal giving! #CMZoo would like you to be a part of the next generation of conservationist leaders and Zoo donors. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m. *details...

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International Vulture Awareness Day

Girl stretching arms to match vulture wings on paper at International Vulture Day activities
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

All ages. Included with admission. Ever wonder how vultures can eat dead animals without getting sick? Or how big their wingspan can get? Or what about why they're important for the ecosystem? Discover all of this and WAY more at our 11th annual celebration of International Vulture Awareness Day in African Rift Valley and Encounter Africa! There will be vulture-themed activities, opportunities to meet our Cape vultures up-close, a special vulture feeding and ways that we can protect vultures in the wild, including donating to vulture conservation through the Zoo's Quarters for Conservation program. Come celebrate vultures with Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and other conservation organizations all over the world on this special day!

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Toss the Tusk

Toss the Tusk September 28 - Join us at CMZoo
Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Elephant populations are rapidly plummeting. One elephant is killed approximately every 25 minutes to fuel an unprecedented global demand for ivory products. Poaching for ivory is listed as the main driver of this decline. We are partnering with The Association of Zoos and Aquariums Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, ifaw and Wildlife Conservation Society to help protect them. Details & drop off information.

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October 2019

BOO at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo -buy your tickets now!
Friday, October 18, 2019 at 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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One event on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 4:00 pm

One event on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 4:00 pm

One event on Friday, October 25, 2019 at 4:00 pm

One event on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 4:00 pm

One event on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 4:00 pm

One event on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 4:00 pm

October 18-19-20, 25-26-27 & 31, 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (last admission at 7:30 p.m.) Come See the Original Creatures of the Night. It’ll be all treats and no tricks for your little pirates and princesses at this year’s Boo at the Zoo, the region’s most unique Halloween event. Boo at the Zoo is a fun way for families with young children to trick-or-treat and enjoy Halloween festivities in a safe environment, and all of our candy is made with sustainable palm oil to help protect wild orangutans!

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November 2019

BOGO (Buy One, Get One) Admission Day, Sponsored by Children’s Hospital Colorado

CMZoo Logo
Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

All ages. Mark your calendar NOW for our next BOGO (Buy One, Get One) event for daytime admission on Sunday, November 17, sponsored by Children's Hospital Colorado. The free admission is included with the purchase of a second admission of equal or greater value. To receive the free admission, guests must mention the offer at the gate.

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December 2019

Electric Safari – Dec. 6-8, 13-23, Dec. 25-Jan. 1

Electric Safari event logo
Friday, December 6, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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One event on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Monday, December 16, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, December 20, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Monday, December 30, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 5:30 pm

One event on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 5:30 pm

22 nights - Dec. 6-8, 13-23,25-Jan 1, 2020. All ages. Lights, Animals and Holiday Spirit! Celebrate holiday lights and cheer during Electric Safari with 85 light sculptures on over 50 acres! Warming fires throughout the Zoo offer a reprieve from the chill, as do select indoor animal exhibits that remain open during the event. Top off this astounding display by gazing out at the city’s lights and watch all of Colorado Springs sparkle. Buy your tickets online.

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January 2020

Outdoor School – Photography: Animal Portraits

Outdoor School - Photography: Animal Portraits
Saturday, January 4 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This program is SOLD OUT.

Ages 15 and up. Capturing the perfect animal photos takes practice, patience, and technique. After learning some terms and techniques several live animals will be brought to the studio classroom for you to practice and hone in your new skills. Explore different backdrops, capture active and slower moving animals, and meet the animal models! Afterwards, upload your photos and experience an artistic critique of your work as well as gain advice for further developing your animal portrait skills.

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Utilitarian Basket Weaving

Woman weaving a basket
Friday, January 24 at 5:30 p.m. - Sunday, January 26 at 5 p.m.
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One event on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 5:30 pm

An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until Sunday, January 26, 2020

Ages 12+. Need something to put your pet toys in, or maybe to store hats and mittens, to put the mail in, or just to help clean up a cluttered corner? Get creative while you learn to weave a beautiful and functional basket that fits your lifestyle. The first evening of class we’ll start with a history of the basket, go over terminology, and walk through the process of weaving a basket to completion. Next, we’ll create a basket base and begin to weave height into in as you shape and form it. You’ll have two full days to put your creativity to the test as you finish the course with a completed basket to take home and show off.

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February 2020

Outdoor School – Photography: Animal Portraits

Guests photographing a skunk in Animal Photography Outdoor School class
Saturday, February 8 at 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Ages 15+. Photography: Animal Portraits
Capturing the perfect animal photos takes practice, patience, and technique. After learning some terms and techniques several live animals will be brought to the studio classroom for you to practice and hone in your new skills. Explore different backdrops, capture active and slower moving animals, and meet the animal models! Afterwards, upload your photos and experience an artistic critique of your work as well as gain advice for further developing your animal portrait skills. Register online.

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Sleepover – Valentines Zoo Safari Kids Only

Evening Starlight Safari roasting marshmallows before their evening tour
Friday, February 14 at 6 p.m. - Saturday, February 15 at 8 a.m.

Ages 5+. Date Night! Register your kids for our Valentines weekend Kids Only WildNight. We'll tour the Zoo under the stars and have a pizza party for dinner. We will spend some time getting to know an animal ambassador during a meet and greet in the Loft. Drop the kiddos off and have the night to yourself!

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BOGO Admission Day at CMZoo

Saturday, February 29 at 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

All Ages. It's a leap year, which means you have an extra day to make new memories with loved ones. Come to CMZoo for BOGO (buy one, get one) daytime admission on Saturday, February 29, sponsored by Children's Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs. Just like a leap year, this is a rare event. Grab your BOGO buddy, mark your calendars and LEAP into savings! Just mention this deal at the gate to receive your one free admission with the purchase of a second admission of equal or greater value.

Last admission is at 4 p.m.

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March 2020

Online Spring Break Zoo Camp – ‘Abnormally Normal’ Edition – Giant Giraffe

Giraffe perspective as guests visit them while on a Safari Trail Tour in African Rift Valley at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Monday, March 23 at 10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Join us for some special online Spring Break Zoo Camp activities, FREE On Facebook Live this week! Monday, March 23 - Topic: Giant Giraffe. Featured Animals: The CMZoo Giraffe Herd. Activity: Making 'Giraffe Spit' - materials needed at home: cornstarch, water, a bowl. Join in the fun with us!

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Online Spring Break Zoo Camp – ‘Abnormally Normal’ Edition – Waterproof Animals

Beaver swimming
Tuesday, March 24 at 9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Join us for some special online Spring Break Zoo Camp activities, FREE On Facebook Live! Tuesday, March 24 -- Topic: Waterproof Animals, Featured animal: Ginger, CMZoo American beaver, Activity: water and oil activity - materials needed at home: water, vegetable oil, 2 pieces of scrap fabric, a bowl. Join in the fun with us!

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Online Spring Break Zoo Camp – ‘Abnormally Normal’ Edition – Shed Your Skin Like a Snake

Wednesday, March 25 at 9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Join us for some special online Spring Break Zoo Camp activities, FREE On Facebook Live! Wednesday, March 25 -- Topic: How Snakes Shed Their Skin. Featured animal: A Snake from The Loft. Activity: Shed Your 'Skin' Like a Snake - materials needed at home: regular glue. Join in the fun with us!

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Online Spring Break Zoo Camp – ‘Abnormally Normal’ Edition – Chickens and Eggs

Wyandotte Chicken left side walking on dirt
Thursday, March 26 at 9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Join us for some special online Spring Break Zoo Camp activities, FREE On Facebook Live! Thursday, March 26 -- Topic: Chickens and Eggs. Featured animal: the CMZoo chickens. Activity: Dissolve an Egg Shell - materials needed at home: a whole raw egg, white vinegar, a cup big enough for the egg. Join in the fun with us!

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Online Spring Break Zoo Camp – ‘Abnormally Normal’ Edition – Amazing Amphibians

Giant African bullfrog in moss
Friday, March 27 at 9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Join us for some special online Spring Break Zoo Camp activities, FREE On Facebook Live! Friday, March 27 --Topic: Amazing Amphibians. Featured animal: Jeremy the African bullfrog. Activity: Turn Your Skin into Amphibian Skin -materials needed at home: butter/Crisco/or similar, any loose spices (salt, pepper, cinnamon, etc). Join in the fun with us!

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April 2020

Annual Plant Sale – Online – SOLD OUT!

Shop the Annual Plant Sale Online Only this year, April 13-May 3, 2020
Monday, April 13 - Sunday, May 3

PLEASE NOTE: A big THANK YOU to everyone for their fantastic response to this year's plant sale! Our current inventory is now SOLD OUT due to the high demand. We really appreciate your support!

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May 2020

Abnormally Normal Video Series

Amur tiger demo and keeper talk - apart of the Abnormall Normal Video Series from CMZoo
Friday, May 1 at 9 a.m. - Sunday, May 31 at 5 p.m.

Although we’re temporarily closed, we’re permanently committed to caring for our animals and keeping you connected to our mission, our animals and the natural world. It’s definitely an abnormal time in the world, but we’re providing special glimpses at how normal things are at the Zoo.

  • Follow our Abnormally Normal Video Series on Facebook and YouTube!
  • Enjoy our Giraffe herd remotely, by using the two live streaming Giraffe Cams overlooking their outdoor yard.
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June 2020

Summer Camps – June

Summer campers kindergarten mud-kitchen fun in the mud outdoors together
Monday, June 8 at 9 a.m. - Tuesday, June 30 at 4 p.m.

Ages K-9th grade. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo offers summer camp adventures that share the wonders of wildlife and wild places in fun and exciting ways. Campers meet animals up-close, explore the outdoors, interact with zookeepers, make treats for the animals, design cool crafts and more! Full week camps, June - August. Online registration is open.

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Vote for CMZoo for Best Zoo and Best Zoo Exhibit

Girl feeding a giraffe lettuce up-close
Monday, June 15 at 10 a.m. - Monday, July 6 at 10 a.m.

Online, all ages! Last year, you voted Cheyenne Mountain Zoo the sixth best zoo and fifth best zoo exhibit (for Rocky Mountain Wild) in North America in USAToday’s 10Best Readers' Choice Awards Program. We have once again been nominated for Best Zoo, and Best Zoo Exhibit in North America! Show your support - voting starts Monday, June 15 - vote once a day, every day through Monday, July 6 at 10 a.m.!

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World Giraffe Day

Portrait of reticulated giraffe at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Wednesday, June 17 - Sunday, June 21

Join us in celebrating giraffe now through World Giraffe Day, Sunday, June 21! Discover the challenges giraffe face in the wild and help us raise support for Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's world-renowned giraffe care and breeding program. We are incredibly grateful for the Kratt Family Foundation and their dedication to giraffe care in the Zoo and in the wild. This year, the Kratt Family Foundation is matching up to $25,000 for every dollar donated until World Giraffe Day on June 21. While your donation will go toward the care of our giraffe here at the Zoo, the matched funds will help giraffe conservation in Uganda. Help us celebrate, and donate, with these fun giraffe-themed activities, videos, giraffe encounter opportunities, limited-edition hoofprints, and more.

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AAZK’s Cheer for Rhinos Fundraiser

Black rhino portrait
Thursday, June 25 at 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

AAZK of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo presents our annual brewery fundraiser, Cheers for Rhinos! Swing by the Happy Tap Taproom on Thursday, June 25 to enjoy local brews and food truck fare, and pick-up your pre-purchased Cheers for Rhinos 2020 t-shirt too - all to support the conservation of these critically endangered giant mammals. Pre-purchase t-shirts (by June 11) and learn more here.

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July 2020

Silent Night at the Zoo – July 8

Grizzly bear portrait
Wednesday, July 8 at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

All ages. Full Zoo experience (except sky ride and carousel). Dining options will be limited. We invite you to a unique Zoo event, Silent Night. Offered 2 evenings in 2020 - Wednesday, July 8 and Friday, September 11. Our busy lives are often filled with schedules, responsibilities and noise. Come prepared for a peacefully quiet evening away from the pressures of the city below. E-Tickets are on sale now.

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