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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
It’s Training Time with Bean, Hoffmann’s Two-Toed Sloth
Bean, our 4-year-old Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth, isn’t just a caramel-colored, upside-down smiling face. She’s an avid explorer and an A+ student with an enviable nap schedule. While sloths are only active for about 4 to 6 hours every day, Bean makes the most of her waking hours. She is very smart and eager to train . . .
Moose Were Made for Winter: Learn About Atka’s Adaptations and Take Care Around Wild Moose While You Explore Colorado’s Winter Wonderland
Atka, our Alaska moose, isn’t fazed by single-digit temps. Moose have adaptations that help them survive the winter, including a thick winter coat and a long nose that warms air before it hits their lungs. Moose are active throughout the winter months, spending time foraging and roaming in their native habitats, including some parts of . . .
How Do the Grizzly Bears at CMZoo Spend the Winter?
How Do the Grizzly Bears at CMZoo Spend the Winter? As our 17-year-old grizzly bears, Emmett and Digger, prepare for the winter, they will start living at a much slower pace. We often associate bears with hibernation, but science has shown that many animals, like raccoons, skunks, and bears, survive the winter using torpor instead, . . .
Pumpkin Enrichment with Hippos, Mountain Lions, Skunks and Elephants: IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL COLORADO
Pumpkin SMASH! It’s that time of year again! Not only are pumpkins a tasty treat, they also serve as exciting enrichment for a number of animals at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. As you can see, each animal has a different approach to ripping into a pumpkin. The hippos like to crunch the pumpkins with their powerful . . .