20 Things to do at CMZoo in 2020
We’ve created a CMZoo 2020 Bucket List! As a new decade approaches, see how many of these unique experiences you can check off the list. Ride the Mountaineer Sky Ride – Our one-of-a-kind chair lift takes you high up above the exhibits, for a true bird’s eye view of our mountain zoo, Colorado Springs and . . .
The Many Traits, Skills and Roles of CMZoo’s Animal Department Staff
Many people wonder how we find the amazing staff who care for our animals. What are their backgrounds? What makes them qualified? How do they work together? Just as our year-round sponsor, Children’s Hospital Colorado, shares tips on choosing great child care, we’re sharing what we look for in the incredible folks who care for . . .
Explore & Learn: Get to Know Hutch
There’s a new fuzzy face in My Big Backyard: Hutch, the eight-month-old Virginia opossum! Opossums might get a bad rap, but they eat thousands of ticks in the wild, which can help prevent the spread of disease to other mammals, including humans. Opossums are important members of our ecosystem and can be found right here . . .
Electric Safari Voted Third Best Zoo Lights in U.S. by USA TODAY’S 10Best
USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice today announced that Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Electric Safari won third place in the national Best Zoo Lights category. This is the highest ranking the event has ever received, and this is fourth year running that Electric Safari has ranked in the top ten. The award-winning annual holiday lights celebration continues through Wednesday, Jan. 1 (except Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24)...
A New Way to Connect with Nature
This summer Cheyenne Mountain Zoo launched a new program to help connect people of all ages with the outdoors. CMZoo’s Outdoor School offers hands-on and interactive experiences and programs for people interested in connecting with nature, the outdoors, and their families. Classes engage the whole person (physically, mentally and emotionally) and develop a stronger connection . . .
Operation Twiga IV: Establishing a New Population of Critically Endangered Nubian Giraffe in Uganda
In October and November 2019, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo joined Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching School and other worldwide partners to support Uganda Wildlife Authority in establishing a new population of critically endangered Nubian giraffe. CMZoo VP of Mission and Programs, Dr. Liza Dadone, traveled to Uganda to assist with the reintroduction of . . .
CMZoo’s Aging Canada Moose Gets Special Care
CMZoo’s aging Canada moose, Tahoma, is doing well at his impressive age. Rocky Mountain Wild Keeper, Basia Dann, walks us through some of 12-year-old Tahoma’s training and specialized care – and gives us the inside scoop on when to watch out for Tahoma’s annual antler shed. Back to The Waterhole
CMZoo Staff Members Return to Ecuador to Continue Mountain Tapir Conservation Efforts
In early December 2019, four staff members from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will travel to the Andes Mountains of Ecuador for an important conservation expedition to help save critically endangered mountain tapirs. Their prehensile noses with long snouts, odd-and-even-toed hooved feet and furry, bear-shaped bodies make this unique species look like something out of a children’s . . .
Welcome, Savelii: Female Amur Tiger Moves to CMZoo
This month, a very special delivery arrived at our mountain Zoo: a female Amur tiger named Savelii (sah-VEL-ee). Eight-year-old Savelii joins CMZoo from Bramble Park Zoo, in Watertown, South Dakota. In September, the plan was for nine-year-old CMZoo male Amur tiger, Thimbu, to move to Bramble Park Zoo. Since then, plans have changed, and Thimbu . . .
Electric Safari Lights Up 22 Nights, Beginning Dec. 6
CMZoo’s 50 acres of twinkling mountainside lights, named 2018 Fifth Best Zoo Lights in U.S., is again nominated for national USA Today Readers’ Choice ranking Colorado Springs, Colo. – More than 50 acres of twinkling lights, 85 artisan-made light sculptures, breathtaking nighttime city views and the nearby sound of roaring lions can only mean one . . .