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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo - United States

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a mountainside zoo, located southwest of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado on Cheyenne Mountain in the United States at an elevation of 6,800 feet above sea level. The Zoo sits on 70 acres out of a 140 acre footprint. It is located west of the Broadmoor Hotel Resort along the slopes of Cheyenne Mountain's lower north end. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of only two mountain zoos in the United States (the other being Mill Mountain Zoo in Virginia). The animal collection includes more than 750 animals, representing nearly 150 different species, with more than 30 endangered species.The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo was founded in 1926 by philanthropist Spencer Penrose to house his growing collection of exotic animals. In 1938, after substantial development, Penrose incorporated the Zoo as a non-profit public trust to the people of Colorado Springs. This trust was deemed "for the sole purpose of establishing and maintaining a zoological park to provide recreation, education, conservation and scientific facilities in the field of zoology and related subjects, and to preserve the Zoo in perpetuity for the people of the Pikes Peak region." As an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of only a handful of Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoos in the country that does not receive local or regional public tax support, nearly 100 percent of the Zoo's income is generated from earned revenues, gate admissions, gifts, membership dues, donations, corporate sponsors and grants. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo prides itself on continuously evolving, creating exciting new and updated exhibits that give guests the opportunity to understand and fall in love with animals and nature. By transforming the visitor experience from a passive viewer to an active participant, the Zoo strives to encourage an appreciation and respect for the dignity and intrinsic value of all living things, and to challenge them to make a difference in the natural world. Animal exhibit highlights: Rocky Mountain Wild, African Rift Valley, Wolf Woods, My Big Backyard, Colorado Habitat Tree, Lions' Lair, Australia/Budgie Buddies, Asian Highlands, Aquatics, Rocky Cliffs and Primate World.Signature Animal: Reticulated giraffes flourish at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's African Rift Valley exhibit and are the largest herd in the United States. The public is able to hand feed specially formulated "giraffe crackers" to the giraffes at inside or outside enclosures. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo giraffe breeding program is the most prolific in the world with 191 births since 1954. There is also a giraffe web cam for online giraffe viewing or the herd outside along with zoo guests.

Practical Information

Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Official site: http://www.cmzoo.org/

Subscription: AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums)

Size: 140 acres (57 ha)

Animals: 750

Species: 150

Opened: 1926

Hotels nearby

1.5 mi - The Broadmoor

Feel revitalized and refreshed by the clear-blue skies and open air surrounding The Broadmoor ? the Grand Dame of legendary Colorado luxury hotels. Since 1918, this historic property has operated as oRead morene of the premier resorts in the world. Nestled at the foot of the heavenly Colorado Rockies, this invigorating and distinguished Colorado luxury resort mountain retreat upholds a legacy of elegance, delightful service, and exquisite cuisine. Relax and repose in one of the 700 elegantly appointed accommodations at The Broadmoor ? a renowned Colorado Springs luxury resort, providing a flawless service in a contemporary, rustic environment. Minutes from downtown Colorado Springs, Pike?s Peak Cog Railway, Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Colorado Springs Airport: 8 mi/13 km, 20 minutes. Denver Int?l Airport: 96 mi/155 km, 90 minutes.Hide

1.5 mi - CHEYENNE CANON INN

The cheyenne canon inn, colorados finesthistoric bed and breakfast. Located at theentrance to cheyenne canon park, the inn offersbeautiful views and convenient access to some ofthe areas most spectacuRead morelar hiking, biking, anddriving toursHide

1.9 mi - Cheyenne Mountain Resort

Cheyenne Mountain Resort is conveniently located in the popular Colorado Springs area. The property features a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasant experience. Business center, bar/puRead moreb, restaurant, safety deposit boxes, shops are there for guest's enjoyment. The well-appointed guestrooms feature television, non smoking rooms, desk, daily newspaper, mini bar. Access to the hotel's water sports (motorized), outdoor pool, sauna, massage, gym will further enhance your satisfying stay. For reliable service and professional staff, Cheyenne Mountain Resort caters to your needs.Hide

2.8 mi - OAKWOOD AT VILLAGE AT WESTMEAD

Year built 2001additional property description breathtaking mountain views await you at your new home. Just imagine a centrally located community, one that offers outstanding amenities and three desigRead morener floorplans. We are all of that and so much more. Located at the foot of cheyenne mountain, the community is a short distance to fort carson and minutes from pikes peak community college. Dining, entertainment and shopping are also minutes away. You will find the perfect home to fit your lifestyle here. With a mix of one and two bedroom floorplans, we offer a variety to suit every need. Whichever floorplan you choose, you will enjoy all the benefits we offer. The community features include an outdoor pool and spa as well as clubhouse and state of the art fitness centerHide

3.2 mi - TravelStar Inn & Suites

With its central location, Travelodge Colorado Springs South Hotel is within easy reach of most tourist attractions and business addresses in Colorado Springs (CO).All hotel's guestrooms have all the Read moreconveniences expected in a hotel in its class to suit guests' utmost comforts.Room amenities include non smoking rooms, air conditioning, hair dryer, internet access, ironing board, television, separate shower and tub, microwave.The basic amenities provided at this Colorado Springs (CO) accommodation comprise laundry service/dry cleaning, meeting facilities, restaurant, room service, safety deposit boxes, disabled facilities, business center.For a more enjoyable stay, guests can take advantage of a variety of recreational facilities, including gym, outdoor pool.These top-class facilities are complemented to excellent services to meet the needs of visitors to Colorado Springs (CO). For your reservation at the Travelodge Colorado Springs South Hotel Colorado Springs (CO), please select your dates of stay and fill in our secure online booking form.Hide

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