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 . . .
A Hopeful Update on Malaika, our Fighting Spirit
Join Jason, elephant animal care manager at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and Malaika for an update. In case you missed our previous communications, Malaika has a history of health challenges, and has had far more good days than bad ones in her life. Last Thursday, we told you she was dealing with worsening mobility issues and . . .
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 . . .
CMZoo Great Apes Participate in Voluntary Heart Health Care
February is Heart Month, and just like our partners at Children’s Hospital Colorado encourage preventive and well-care visits, our great apes participate in ongoing maintenance and preventive care for their heart health. Go behind the scenes with Amy, senior keeper in Primate World, and her team as they ask Sumagu, Baka, and Goma to show . . .
CMZoo Member-Voted Conservation Grant Sends CMZoo Staff on Black Bear Cub Reintroduction
In March 2021, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo members participated in the annual Member Conservation Vote, which decides how $75,000 in member-funded conservation grants will be spent. One of the projects members voted to support recently came to fruition with the wild reintroduction of two orphaned black bear cubs, right here in the Pikes Peak region. Five . . .
With a Fighting Spirit, There is Always Hope
It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment a story begins, but the end of the story could be near for Malaika [muh-LIE-kuh], a 36-year-old female African elephant. We think this story started for us about 17 years ago when the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Board decided to build a facility especially for aging female elephants, but . . .
Find Your Professional Passion at the Zoo! Summer Work Opportunities include Guest Experiences, Summer Camp, Food Service and Retail
Summer is the busiest season of the year at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, as we welcome locals on summer break and out-of-towners spending their vacations in the Rocky Mountains. Though the number of animals we care for typically stays the same during those warmer months, the number of guests can be thousands more than those who . . .
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 . . .
Join the Giraffe Tower for a Typical Winter Day on the Mountain
Have you experienced the magic of CMZoo in the winter yet? Some people think there’s less to see and do at the Zoo in the cooler months, but the CMZoo giraffe tower stays busy all year long, regardless of the weather. Thanks to Colorado’s famous 300 days of sunshine, the 17-member herd explores its outdoor . . .
Six Months of Omo Magic: Enjoy a Video Compilation of our Favorite Hippo Moments
It has been six months of Omo goodness, so we’re taking a little trip down memory lane AND showing you some new up-close Omo footage. Spoiler alert: incoming Omo window boops. From watching Zambezi embrace motherhood for the first time with such a gentle nature to seeing Omo wild out in the pools, and every . . .