Friday, June 27, 2014

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo - 6/24/14

The zoo was founded in 1926 by philanthropist Spencer Penrose to house his growing collection of exotic animals. It has about 150 species, 30 of which are endangered, and a total of 750 animals.  As the name indicates, it is on the slope of Cheyenne Mountain. There is a tram and a sky lift to help visitors access different levels of the zoo. 

This zoo has the largest herd of reticulated giraffes in the U.S. and for $2 you can purchase romaine lettuce to hand-feed them. Their giraffe breeding program has been so successful that they have had 199 births since 1954. There is a webcam (go to their website) if you want to catch a real-time view of these amazing animals. We saw a  young one jog a couple of laps around the exhibit area - very cool!

A hungry giraffe ... gimme more lettuce.

These two were "necking."

More of the herd.

Following are photos of select animals (my favorites) ... a very small % of those found at the zoo.

Sweet baby porcupine.
Mountain goat.
River otter.
Young wallaby (8 months).
Black bear ...looking up!
And his mate.
Grizzly bear.
Check out his claws....
Enjoying the water.
Bald Eagle.

View from Mountaineer Sky Ride.

We had the good fortune of meeting the head vet at this zoo who is the niece of a friend from PA that we caught up last Friday (while she was visiting Colorado Springs). What impressive work is going on here!

Admission is $17.25/adults and $15.25/seniors May 1 through Labor Day and $3 less off-season. The zoo is a non-profit organization that gets all of its funding through admission fees, merchandise, patrons, etc.


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