Where do these gifts end up?

All gifts, unless specified otherwise, go directly into the Zoo’s Endowment Fund, providing for the Zoo’s future.

Ways to Leave Your Legacy at the Zoo


“We moved to Colorado Springs in 1980 and started coming to the zoo with our two young daughters. We have been members ever since,” says Cindi. “In our travels over the years, we have visited zoos all around the US, as well as in foreign countries. None can compare to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Its mountain setting and views are spectacular. All the animal encounters are up close and personal, and the keepers impart informative information every day about the animals in their care. Another impressive thing: the zoo grounds are always so clean. When we set up our will, we decided to allot a certain percentage to several programs we are passionate about. We chose Cheyenne Mountain Zoo because of its leadership in conservation, both in breeding and animal care, as well as in the wild.” ~ Jo and Cindi Carrol

“There were three reasons I wanted to leave the Zoo in my estate plan. First was fond memories. I began visiting Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in the 1970s when vacationing here with my parents. The Zoo was always my favorite plane to go and it made a lasting impression. I became a patron member shortly after moving to Colorado Springs. Second, I have a passion for animals and the Zoo can help create a similar appreciation for the animals and animal conservation. Finally, it is important to give back to the community in which we live. Colorado Springs is a wonderful place to live and I feel it is important to balance estate plans to include organizations that have made a difference in my life and the local community.” ~ Bill Ryan

“Colorado Springs is blessed to have such a unique and wonderful zoo. It is the best place to take guests where else can you visit a beautiful zoo on the side of a mountain? The transformation of exhibits that has occurred, and is currently underway, has created such wonderful living spaces and enriched the lives of the special animals residing here. The Zoo brings many visitors to our community and is instrumental in teaching worldwide animal conservation to young and old alike. We are proud of the leadership position our Zoo is taking both nationally and internationally to preserve vital habitats for many endangered species. We are pleased we can provide for the Zoo in our estate to continue this legacy.” ~ Jack & Ellen