Happy ‘Gorilla Grumbles’ Abound: Juju and the Troop Recover and Regroup
Last month, Juju, 40-year-old CMZoo female Western lowland gorilla, started showing her keepers she wasn’t feeling well. Juju, who is known for being confident and independent, was spending more time away from the group, being less energetic, and sitting uncomfortably. Juju is in her golden years, having surpassed the median life expectancy of 39 years . . .
Aging Gorilla ‘Golden Girls,’ Juju and Roxie, Deal with Health Issues and Stick Together
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is home to five Western lowland gorillas. Within the group, the gorillas have unique individual relationships, but Juju and Roxie, our eldest and closely-bonded longtime residents, are especially tight knit. They’ve both surpassed the 39-year median life expectancy for females of their species in human care, with Roxie at 44 and Juju . . .
Let’s Talk Lions! Elsa, Boma and Aslan’s Primary Trainers Talk About The Siblings’ Relationships and Characteristics, and Look Back on Their Younger Years
On June 25, our African lion siblings turn six! It’s hard to believe it’s already been that long since the three adorable African lion cubs were born to parents Lomela and Abuto at CMZoo. Since then, they’ve grown gorgeous manes (for the boys), perfected their ground-shaking roars, learned voluntary husbandry behaviors, adjusted their family dynamics, . . .
CMZoo’s Animal Ambassador ‘Golden Gang’ Approaching Retirement
Animals age in many different ways. Some get to their golden years sooner than you might think, while others take a surprisingly long time to achieve that status. The Loft and My Big Backyard, at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, are home to a few furry (and scaly!) friends that have recently entered the golden years of . . .
Golden Years: Mexican Wolf Matriarch, Luna, Ages with Esteem
Wolf Woods is arguably the wildest place at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Seven Mexican wolves, led by 13-year-old matriarch, Luna, roam the expansive yard which was designed to preserve our wolves’ wild instincts as much as possible. As part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP), they or their . . .
What’s New With the Youngsters? Giraffe Keepers Tell All About Ohe, Viv, BB and Panya – CMZoo’s Four Giraffe Under Four Years Old
Learn all about Ohe, Viv, BB and Panya, our four giraffe under four years old! Their primary trainers detail their personalities, roles in the herd, training progress, and relationships as the herd’s youngsters. You’ll also get to see behind-the-scenes training footage of each giraffe and its trainer, as well as a mini-zoomie session in the . . .
Mahali and Mashama Receive Innovative Care for Ongoing Issues
CMZoo’s oldest male giraffe, Mahali, is dealing with progressive foot disease and suspected ligament injuries in his legs. The intelligent and confident ‘grandpa’ of the herd will be 18 years old on May 10. He has lived a good quality of life, well beyond the median life expectancy of male giraffe – 14.7 years – . . .
Caring for the ‘Golden Girls,’ CMZoo’s Aging African Elephant Herd
One of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s most specialized animal areas is the home of our beloved African elephant herd. Jambo (38), Malaika (35), Lucky (41), LouLou (38), Kimba (42) and Missy (51) make up the herd, and each has her own obstacles to face. Just like humans, the health of each elephant is individual, sometimes regardless . . .
Get Up Close with Giraffe and Moose Hoof Care at CMZoo
Hoof care for ungulates (hooved animals) helps keep them healthy and happy, much like well-care visits to your doctor. During International Hoof Care Month, learn why we celebrate the importance of hoof care all year long, as we get up close with giraffe and Atka, the moose, to learn more about this specialized care. Back . . .
Cofan, Male Mountain Tapir, Recovering from Kidney Removal Surgery
Cofan, our 17-year-old male mountain tapir, is recovering from having a kidney removed in mid-February. In December 2020, his keepers noticed he was starting to act unusually and that his symptoms were progressing quickly. He was uncoordinated, was not shifting to his outdoor yard, and was eating less and losing weight. “Cofan is normally eager . . .