There’s much to do at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (and there’s a lot that’s new, too). At America’s ONLY mountain zoo, experience unforgettable adventures combined with breathtaking mountain scenery and the opportunity to hand-feed the largest captive giraffe herd of any zoo in the world.
Just around the corner from the giraffes is the Zoo’s new Encounter Africa exhibit, which provides exquisite habitats for African elephants, lions and meerkats. The Encounter Africa exhibit also brought the majestic black rhinoceros back to the Zoo. Walking into the new exhibit you are engulfed by the African savanna, surrounded by realistic life-sized elephant sculptures, a safari tent and tall African grasses. The views of Colorado Springs seen from the exhibit’s sky bridge remind you that you’re close to the city limits, but walking side by side with the Zoo’s elephants takes you to a different world.
Encounter Africa’s outdoor habitat boasts state-of-art features including a 20-foot waterfall, specially designed enrichment trees, a restored bush plane cantilevered into the black rhino exhibit and mud wallows for the large pachyderms. Watching the elephants swim and splash in their new pools is a sight everyone must see.
The Zoo is also known for spacious alpine exhibits that are home to more than 800 different animals. All of your favorites are there – lions, monkeys, hippos, tigers, snow leopards and bears. Animal keeper talks and enrichment demonstrations are offered daily.
If you can draw yourself away from animal exhibits, grab a sweet or savory waffle cake at Elson’s Place or a fresh, made-to-order lunch at the Grizzly Grill. Let the kids take a ride on a historic carousel, tot train or wild-west pony, and the whole family can soar over the Zoo on the exciting Mountaineer Sky Ride.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has been creating a "never-to-be-forgotten" experience for more than 85 years and is a must-see attraction for families visiting the Pikes Peak region. Come have your never-to-be-forgotten day, complete with breathtaking Colorado landscapes and the world’s most amazing animals – only at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.