Join us at the Block – Get a Keeper’s Eye View of Giraffe Hoof Care Training
February is International Hoof Care Month, so come behind the scenes for an up-close look at giraffe hoof care training! Hoof care is important for the overall health of all hoofstock animals. Brushing, picking, and trimming contribute to maintaining healthy hooves, directly influencing the health of a giraffe’s entire body. At CMZoo, keepers have built . . .
Tween in Training: Omo Works Hard and Plays Harder
Rambunctious ‘Baby’ Omo has discovered little joys like the feeling of the hose on his gums and the excitement of exploring on his own while still living under the protective eye of his mom, Zambezi. At two and a half years old, Omo is learning and refining foundational training behaviors while also regularly getting the . . .
Winter is Coming – and it is Prime Time for the North American River Otters
This fall’s warmer temperatures have been welcomed by a lot of Coloradans, but there are four chirpy rascals in Rocky Mountain Wild that would choose a snow day over any other kind of day. For North American river otters, Pivane (pah-VAWN-ay), Enapay (eh-NAW-pay), Darwin and Newton, it’s past due time to bring on more white . . .
43-Year-Old Gorilla, Juju, Adjusts to New Care Plan Following Kidney Disease Diagnosis
Juju, a 43-year-old female Western lowland gorilla, is adjusting to a new care plan after a health scare at the end of October 2023. She has experienced phases of discomfort that her team supported her through in the past. But, this time, she seemed to have less specifically-located pains and more general discomfort. After a . . .
What’s New with the ‘Three-Under-Five Giraffe Squad!’
They may be tall but Viv, Kay, and Wednesday are the littles of the giraffe herd. Their zoomies, curiosity and bold personalities breathe energy into the herd. Viv, Kay and Wednesday are besties and munch, nap, play and even train together. Each giraffe is at a slightly different level of hoof care training and blood . . .
CMZoo’s Shipping Container Farms Pioneer Zoo Produce (And The Gorillas Approve)
The harvest season looks a little different at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. In 2021, CMZoo acquired its first shipping container farm, followed by a second in 2022. Currently, only a handful of zoos are working with hydroponic farming systems, like these. Being on the cutting-edge of this technology allows the CMZoo horticulture team to gather valuable . . .
Eating Well All Year Round – and During the Holidays!
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL COLORADO – Just like people, animals’ diets play a huge role in their overall health. In addition to enrichment activities, training sessions and environmental elements that support animals’ mental and physical wellness, planning their daily meals is a major focus for animal care teams. As the holidays roll around each . . .
More Than a Pretty Appendage: How ‘Bouncy Boy’ Bhutan’s Impressive Tail Allows Keepers to Monitor Age-Related Health Discoveries
A snow leopard’s tail is an incredibly useful tool. About as long as their bodies, their tails act as a counterbalance, so they can make hairpin turns at lightning speed in the wild. When they’re pursuing prey in their native Himalayan Mountains, their tails act like an automatic rudder on a speed boat, instinctively correcting . . .
Atka, Alaska Moose, Heads into Autumn with Impressive Antlers
3-year-old Alaska moose, Atka, has been busy growing an impressive set of antlers, exploring his yard and mastering navigation since he recovered from toe surgery earlier this year. Check in with the ‘prince of Rocky Mountain Wild’ and stop by to see his ever-changing antlers next time you’re at the Zoo. Back to The Waterhole
10-Month-Old Giraffe, Wednesday, Sets Scholarly Sights on Hoof Care
– IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL COLORADO – Step up to the hoof block with Wednesday, our 10-month-old reticulated giraffe. As students around Colorado head back to school from summer break, our partners at Children’s Hospital Colorado have provided some excellent tips for helping kids settle into the routine. At CMZoo, keeper teams help animals . . .