Five Things You May Not Know About Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

  1. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Society was founded in 1926 by philanthropist Spencer Penrose to house his growing collection of exotic animals.
  2. In 1938, after substantial development, Mr. Penrose incorporated the Zoo as a non-profit public trust for the people of Colorado Springs.
  3. The 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.
  4. The Encounter Africa exhibit was complete in 2013, and now the Zoo has begun work on the Australia Improvement Project, which will provide new (and improved!) accommodations for wallabies, Budgie Buddies, and more. This project will make this guest-favorite area more accessible to our more than 600,000 guests, staff and, most importantly, the animals.
  5. They hold true to their mission: A leader in conservation, captive breeding and animal care, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo connects people with wildlife and wild places through experiences that inspire action.