Aug 29

Revisiting: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Rift ValleyWe have always liked the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and when we found ourselves back in the Colorado Springs area we just had to stop for another visit.  Our last visit was in in 2011 and we were looking forward to the seeing the new changes the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo had in store for us.   My wife and I love seeing zoos expand and reinvest to make the zoo better, newer, and create larger exhibits for their animals.  Since our last visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has greatly expanded their elephant and rhino area with their Encounter Africa and also opened their Scutes Family Gallery. 
Africa EncounterTheir Encounter Africa exhibit is a top of the line African savanna exhibit capped off with an impressive African elephant area with a 20 foot waterfall, large pool, and an elephant barn.  There is also a black rhino area, a few different areas with meerkats, multiple viewing areas of the resident lions, a sky bridge that gives you top down views of the animals along with a spectacular view of the city.  The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo did a really good job with this exhibit and it just added another great piece to their collection. 
snakeCheyenne Mountain Zoo had also created the Scutes Family Gallery since our last visit which we could truly say is a unique exhibit. They basically created art from nature taking over 40 different speices of reptiles and putting them in unique artistic habitats.  For example, instead of placing a snake in a in a recreated natural environment they placed them in tank with smooth neon glass.  Basically the Scutes Family Gallery centers on the idea that beautiful art can be found and made in nature. 
feed the giraffeWe enjoyed both new exhibits and like always the rest of the zoo is of high quality from their wonderful African Rift Valley with the chance to feed the large herd of giraffes to their Rocky Mountain Wild and seeing grizzlies going after fish.  The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of our favorite zoos and one of the best ones that we have personally seen.     

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo – Colorado Springs, Colorado
Located at 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road
Hours of Operation- Open all year round, May 1st through Labor Day 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  all other months 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost as of 2014- Adults $17.25 Seniors 65 and over $15.25 and Children 3 to 11 $12.25 there is a slight discount during the off season.
For more information visit their website at http://www.cmzoo.org/

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