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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
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Three members of the zoo's large giraffe herd
Date opened 1926
Location Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Coordinates 38°46?12?N 104°51?18?W / 38.77°N 104.855°W / 38.77; -104.855Coordinates: 38°46?12?N 104°51?18?W / 38.77°N 104.855°W / 38.77; -104.855
Land area 140 acres (57 ha) (40 acres (16 ha) in use)[1]
No. of animals 750[1]
No. of species 150[1]
Memberships AZA[2]
Website www.cmzoo.org

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.[1] It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.[3]

History

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.[4] 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.[5]

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and does not receive local or regional public tax support.[6]

Exhibits

  • Scutes Family Gallery: The zoo's reptile house. Contains over 40 species of reptiles.[18]
  • The Loft: Educational exhibit building.[20]

Conservation

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo breeds animals such as black-footed ferrets, Wyoming toads, mountain tapirs and Mexican gray wolves. The zoo participates in over 30 Species Survival Plan programs.[21][22][23]

Other attractions

  • Mountaineer Sky Ride: For a fee, this open-air, ski lift style ride takes guests above the Mountain goat, Grizzly bear and Amur tiger exhibits. Guests are then dropped off in an area west of the zoo not accessible by walking and ride round trip back down.[25]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e "Cheyenne Mountain Zoo 'America's Mountain Zoo' 2010 Fact Sheet" (PDF). www.cmzoo.org. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Retrieved 2010. 
  2. ^ "Currently Accredited Zoos and Aquariums". aza.org. AZA. Retrieved 2010. 
  3. ^ "Currently Accredited Zoos and Aquariums". www.aza.org. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "The Penrose Legacy: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo". www.elpomar.org. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "About The Zoo - History". Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. 2010-08-01. Archived from the original on 2010-08-01. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ "Cheyenne Mountain Zoo - Non-Profit Status". Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. 2010-07-25. Archived from the original on 2010-07-25. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ "African Rift Valley | CMZoo". www.cmzoo.org. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "Cheyenne Mountain Zoo announces birth of 199th giraffe calf". The Denver Post. 2017-04-26. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ "Asian Highlands | CMZoo". www.cmzoo.org. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ http://www.cmzoo.org/index.php/exhibits-attractions/making-waves/
  11. ^ "Australia Improvement Project | CMZoo". www.cmzoo.org. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ a b "Animal Exhibits". CMZoo. Retrieved 2015. 
  13. ^ "Encounter Africa | CMZoo". www.cmzoo.org. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ "Monkey Pavilion | CMZoo". www.cmzoo.org. Retrieved . 
  15. ^ "My Big Backyard | CMZoo". www.cmzoo.org. Retrieved . 
  16. ^ "Primate World | CMZoo". www.cmzoo.org. Retrieved . 
  17. ^ "Rocky Mountain Wild | CMZoo". www.cmzoo.org. Retrieved . 
  18. ^ "Scutes Family Gallery - Reptiles | CMZoo". www.cmzoo.org. Retrieved . 
  19. ^ "Tapirs | CMZoo". www.cmzoo.org. Retrieved . 
  20. ^ "The Loft | CMZoo". www.cmzoo.org. Retrieved . 
  21. ^ "Black-footed Ferret | CMZoo". www.cmzoo.org. Retrieved . 
  22. ^ "Wyoming Toads | CMZoo". www.cmzoo.org. Retrieved . 
  23. ^ "Animal Conservation | CMZoo". www.cmzoo.org. Retrieved . 
  24. ^ "Carousel | CMZoo". www.cmzoo.org. Retrieved . 
  25. ^ "Mountaineer Sky Ride | CMZoo". www.cmzoo.org. Retrieved . 
  26. ^ "Will Rogers Shrine | CMZoo". www.cmzoo.org. Retrieved . 

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