Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Becomes ‘Water Neutral’ with Trout Unlimited Winter Water Offset Partnership
Running a zoo requires a substantial amount of water. There are guest facilities, water features in animal habitats, cleaning and sanitation, horticulture, food and beverage services, maintenance and, of course, human and animal water consumption to consider. Leaning on his background in horticulture, environmental education and ecology, and his involvement in global conservation projects, Cheyenne . . .
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Members Donate $20,000 to Australia Bushfire Recovery
Simply by visiting the Zoo, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo members and guests contribute to important global conservation work. “Watching the devastating bushfires in Australia from our living rooms in Colorado can leave you feeling helpless and wondering what you can do to make a difference,” said Bob Chastain, CMZoo president and CEO. “It’s important to note . . .
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 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 . . .
CMZoo Accepts Risky Leopard and Tiger Breeding Recommendations
In the coming weeks and months, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will continue its efforts – and embark on new ones – to support Species Survival Plans (SSPs) for Amur leopards and Amur tigers. This important work, led by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), contributes to the survival of these iconic species by managing the . . .
Restoring Colorado’s Natural Balance: An Effort to Reintroduce the Gray Wolf
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is home to a pack of seven Mexican wolves, and we support the restoration of a similar species – the gray wolf – to our state’s wild places on the Western Slope. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has a long history of working to restore and relocate species, including black-footed ferrets, Wyoming toads, Mexican . . .
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Hosts ‘Toss the Tusk’ Ivory Surrender Event
To help protect elephants and offer a way for the community to make a direct impact on the crisis, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is hosting an ivory surrender event on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Toss the Tusk gives the public a direct opportunity to take a stand for elephants and be part of this global movement to stop the killing and trafficking, by stopping the demand. By surrendering ivory, ensuring it will never hold value in the market, the public can send a strong signal to the world that that elephants are the only ones that should wear ivory.
What Happens to All Those Unwanted, Broken or Much Loved Crayons?
Did you know each year up to 75,000 pounds of broken or unwanted crayons are thrown away and end up in U.S. landfills? Crayons are made of paraffin wax, a by-product of petroleum or crude oil, which negatively impacts wildlife where drilling occurs. Crayons can also leave a waxy sludge in landfills, which doesn’t decompose . . .
CMZoo Vultures Help Guests Connect with Peculiar Species on Awareness Day
When you think of vultures, chances are you don’t picture heroic, beacons of hope contributing to a strong and healthy ecosystem. That’s because vultures sometimes get a bad rap in our society, often depicted negatively due to their scavenger status. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has been supporting vulture conservation in various ways since 2009, including currently . . .
CMZoo Breeding and Releasing Programs for Black-Footed Ferrets and Wyoming Toads Continue to Save Species
CMZoo’s conservation team gives an update on its black-footed ferret and Wyoming toad breeding programs. The two important breeding and release efforts contribute to saving species that were once considered extinct in the wild.