CMZoo Conservation Team Prepares for Busy Wyoming Toad Breed-and-Release Season
The soft serenade of Wyoming toad mating calls will soon echo through the hallways of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo conservation center, as Field Conservation Coordinator Jeff Baughman welcomes ten breeding pairs of critically endangered amphibians back from 38 days of hibernation. “It’s a busy time of year for us,” said Baughman, who has been intimately . . .
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Surpasses $4 Million Quarters for Conservation Milestone
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and its guests and members are celebrating a huge milestone, having raised $4 million for wildlife and wild places, since the Zoo’s Quarters for Conservation (Q4C) program launched in 2008. Every visitor to the Zoo receives three “quarter” tokens representing the 75¢ Q4C allocation from their admission fee. They can then show . . .
Take Pride in Every Step
It’s springtime in the Centennial State, which means nature lovers from all over the world are making plans to explore Colorado’s beautiful wild places. Part of planning your adventure can include planning ways to take pride in every step you take. “Exploring the great outdoors can be incredibly fulfilling, and as much as we benefit . . .
Member-Supported East African Crowned Crane Conservation Gains Momentum
In its third consecutive year of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo members’ support, International Crane Foundation’s work to save crowned cranes in East Africa is gaining momentum. The project, based in Kenya, is critical in understanding why wild crowned crane populations have declined by more than 80 percent in 25 years. “We have to learn why something . . .
CMZoo Invites School and Community Groups to Endangered Species Day
Zoos play a pivotal role in the care and conservation of the world’s most vulnerable species. From the largest land mammals, like giraffe and elephants, to the smallest jungle dwellers, like tree frogs and insects, species all over the world are regularly facing challenges that can threaten their future. The best tools to protect these . . .
Horticulture Team Tested, Orangutan-Approved: CMZoo’s Shipping Container Farm Produce is a Hit with Primates, Giraffe and Wallabies
In July, we told you about the new shipping container farm growing produce for animals at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Since then, CMZoo’s horticulture team has been working through challenges and growing their knowledge, along with lots of lettuce. Last month, they harvested their first test yield of romaine lettuce for CMZoo’s giraffe herd! “They ate . . .
Bluestem’s Next Adventure: Species Survival Plan Makes Breeding Recommendation
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will soon bid bon voyage to Bluestem, a three-year-old female Mexican wolf. In the coming months, she will leave her home in Rocky Mountain Wild for a Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP) breeding recommendation at a facility in Mexico. CMZoo’s seven Mexican wolves serve their species as ambassadors for wild wolves, . . .
Forty Years Since Their Rediscovery, Black-Footed Ferrets Continue Wild Recovery
It’s easy to see why the black-footed ferret (BFF) is considered the ambassador of the prairie ecosystem. With its black-and-white bandit-esque markings, small stature and curious demeanor, many consider this species adorable. That’s true; but they’re also highly trained hunters with a big job: restoring balance in their ecosystem while helping their own species recover . . .
Palm Oil: The Good, The Bad and The App That Can Help You Save Rainforests
With spooky season just around the corner, many people are stocking up on candy. It may come as a surprise, but the type of candy you purchase has an impact on wild orangutan habitats because it likely contains palm oil. Palm oil is a form of edible vegetable oil obtained from the fruit of the . . .
World Gorilla Day and Cell Phone Recycling at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Today is #WorldGorillaDay! Here to help us celebrate are Primate World keeper, Carrie, and our Western lowland gorilla troop: 29-year-old Kwisha, 45-year-old Roxie, 40-year-old Juju, 28-year-old Asha and our silverback, 30-year-old Goma. World Gorilla Day isn’t just about celebrating these incredible animals, but also about protecting them for years to come. Western lowland gorillas are . . .