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Three members of the zoo's large giraffe herd
|Location||Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA|
|Land area||140 acres (57 ha) (40 acres (16 ha) in use)|
|No. of animals||750|
|No. of species||150|
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a zoological park located southwest of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Cheyenne Mountain in the United States. At an elevation of 6,800 feet (2,100 m) above sea level it is the highest zoo in America. The zoo covers 140 acres (57 ha), 40 (16 ha) of which are in use.The zoo houses more than 750 animals, representing nearly 150 different species, with more than 30 endangered species. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Business man Spencer Penrose was given a gift of a bear in 1916 which inspired him to collect animals. Animals were housed at Penrose's Broadmoor Hotel until a monkey bit a hotel guest. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo was founded in 1926 to house the collection of exotic animals. In 1938, Spencer Penrose incorporated the Zoo as a non-profit public trust to the people of Colorado Springs.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and does not receive local or regional public tax support.