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Without El Pomar, Springs would be a different city

Without El Pomar, Springs would be a different city

What would Colorado Springs look like without El Pomar Foundation? Cross Walsenburg with Monument, and that would be us. Without El Pomar and the Penrose family, much that we take for granted in today’s vibrant city wouldn’t exist. Colorado College, the Space Foundation, Fine Arts Center, World Arena, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Pikes Peak Center… Continue Reading Without El Pomar, Springs would be a different city

Male lion makes debut at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

His name is Abuto, hear him roar. He is a 1-and half-year-old African lion and the newest member of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo big cat family. He joins four other lions at the zoo and can be found in the new Encounter Africa lion building, located around the corner from the giraffe building. “We are… Continue Reading Male lion makes debut at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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Rhinoceros joins zoo for Electric Safari

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This year’s Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Electric Safari is showcasing a heavy-hitter, a 2,658-pound eastern black rhinoceros named Jumbe. The “big guy” arrived just in time for visitors to get their first glimpse during the zoo’s annual Electric Safari lighting event, which begins Dec. 7. The big guy is a big deal because the zoo is expecting… Continue Reading Rhinoceros joins zoo for Electric Safari

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo keepers are taking suggestions to name the zoo’s newest baby gorilla. The baby boy was born Aug. 14. “It’s CMZ tradition to name babies after they are 30 days old, and we are looking for the community’s help to find the perfect name for our newest gorilla troop member,” said Dina Bredahl,… Continue Reading Community asked to help name Cheyenne Mountain Zoo baby gorilla

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A baby giraffe at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo may help drive up attendance, which has been slow in recent weeks as the city dealt with the Waldo Canyon fire. “When there is a baby, and so much media, the buzz makes us at the top of the mind — people are interested in seeing the babies,”… Continue Reading Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s bouncing baby boy giraffe ready for visitors

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo had record-breaking visitor numbers during its 2011/2012 season, which equaled record donations to the zoo’s conservation program. Zoo officials said that from May 2011 to April this year, 607,000 people visited the zoo – about 33,000 more than the previous year. A large portion of the increase can be attributed to record spring… Continue Reading Cheyenne Mountain Zoo hits record attendance with 607,000 visitors

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They don’t call Wicket a hippo for nothing. It took a crane to lift the 42-year, 3000-pound Nile hippopotamus into her new home at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, where she is expected to wallow by day and graze by night. She’ll eat 65 pounds of hay and fruit a day. She joins Cheyenne Mountain Zoo… Continue Reading Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has a third hippo for visitors to see

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Colorado Springs’ zoo in the mountains has reached its fundraising goal of $13.5 million for its biggest capital improvement project in the zoo’s history. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo officials announced Thursday that the Encounter Africa exhibit is a go, now fully funded. Already, the zoo’s African elephants have a new barn; and the African lions and… Continue Reading Zoo’s Encounter Africa fully funded, will open in 2013

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo animals are finding their inner-Picasso just in time for holiday shopping. The zoo is coming off the mountain with a unique holiday shop in downtown Colorado Springs for three days in December. The shop will feature original hand, and trunk, painted pieces from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s elephants and orangutans and paw prints… Continue Reading Downtown zoo shop will sell artwork by animals

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A wrecking ball crashed into the elephant barn Wednesday at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to make way for the next phase of the zoo’s multi-million Encounter Africa project. The zoo’s elephant keepers took the first swings at the barn, which opened in the early 1950s. Then, the wrecking ball brought the building down. It’s part of… Continue Reading Wrecking ball hits zoo’s elephant barn; makes way for new exhibit

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