School is in Session on Lemur Island
It’s officially back-to-school season. While our partner, Children’s Hospital Colorado, helps parents prepare for the academic year ahead, Water’s Edge: Africa keepers are helping 4-month-old ring-tailed lemur, Maky [MAH-kee], take his first steps toward training! Many animals at the Zoo participate in voluntary training, which allows them to choose to participate in their own health . . .
CMZoo Tests Grow Pod as Sustainable On-Site Source for Lettuce
Have you noticed the shipping container next to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s historic carousel and wondered what’s going on? CMZoo is planning to grow lettuce using a retired shipping container. But, that’s simplifying things. Inside the modified shipping container’s sturdy walls lies a high-tech, energy efficient, and bio-safe grow house. It’s hard to find a project . . .
CMZoo’s Green-Thumbed Teens Tend Garden, Cultivate More Than Produce
There are no ‘lazy days of summer’ for Jaxen Maynor. The 16-year-old has been hard at work alongside a group of teens who are tending to a garden as part of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Teen Program. The teens are growing tomatoes, rosemary, zucchini, kale, dill, parsley and more. They also have a plot dedicated to . . .
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 . . .
Our Babies are Growing Up Fast! Check on CMZoo’s Young Ring-Tailed Lemurs, Red River Hoglet and Wallaby Joey
Oh, babies! It’s been a busy spring at CMZoo. Get up-close for a check-in with our Spring 2021 babies! Join keepers for a gender and name reveal with our ring-tailed lemur born on April 26, and an update on its twin cousins born July 11. Next, hear how our Red River hoglet is getting along . . .
We’re in love! Get to Know CMZoo’s Brand-New Baby Hippo
First-time Nile hippo mom, Zambezi, welcomed her calf to the world on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Since then, keepers have seen her embrace her new role with ease. Her baby is growing and spending lots of time napping in the shallows of Water’s Edge: Africa’s hippo pools with mom. Hear from lead Water’s Edge keeper, . . .
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, . . .
25 Years of Saving a Species: CMZoo Conservation Team Releases Wyoming Toads and Tadpoles into the Wild
June is an exciting time in the Laramie Basin of Wyoming. Every year, our dedicated team of conservationists travels at the crack of dawn to this special place to release toads they’ve been raising for a year, and tadpoles recently hatched at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Earlier this month, they released 220 ‘headstart’ toads and this . . .
Children’s Hospital Colorado is Throwing Viv a 2nd Birthday Party – and You’re Invited!
Our ‘firecracker,’ Viv, is turning two years old! Born two days after the Fourth of July, on July 6, 2019, Msitu and Khalid’s daughter gained her nickname pretty much immediately and has lived up to it ever since. Just six hours after she was born, Viv famously leap-frogged over Msitu’s back (while she was lying . . .
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 . . .