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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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Bob Chastain is CEO of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Working at a zoo wasn’t his dream job originally, but after an internship at one, he said he began to realize their value. Now, he’s overseeing the largest habitat expansion in the Colorado Springs zoo’s history. The $13.5 million Encounter Africa exhibit, which will be home… Continue Reading Chastain overseeing Encounter Africa zoo addition

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has 9,000 pounds of Orangutan-friendly candy ready to dole out to its expected 15,000 visitors for its annual Boo and the Zoo Halloween party, which runs for six nights. “It’s one of our major fund raisers,” said Katie Borremans, spokeswoman for the zoo, which sells tickets for $15 for general admission. A… Continue Reading Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ready for annual Halloween party

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The elephants at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo are spending their days exploring their new multi-million home. A new elephant barn is part of the Encounter Africa exhibit, which is under construction now. Encounter Africa, when complete, will be home to the African elephants, African lions and black rhinos. All told it is a $13.5 million project,… Continue Reading Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Encounter Africa $13 million exhibit under construction

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is celebrating military personnel and their families with discounted ticket prices Sept. 12-18. Instead of limiting the military discounts to a weekend, the zoo has extended it to the entire week, officials said. During Military Appreciation Week, all active duty and retired military members and their families receive zoo admission for $5.25… Continue Reading Cheyenne Mountain Zoo celebrates military personnel with discounted ticket prices

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A Colorado-based peanut butter company has teamed with Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to save the orangutans. Justin’s Nut Butter, based in Boulder, will feature Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s “Orangutan Friendly” logo on its products, which are sold in Safeway, King Soopers, Vitamin Cottage and Whole Foods stores in Colorado Springs. The logo aims to draw awareness to… Continue Reading Colorado company joins Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to save orangutans

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Zoo launches text-donation program

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More than 700 animals at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo rack up a serious grocery bill every year – $1.4 million in food and care costs. Unlike many other zoos in the nation, Cheyenne Mountain doesn’t receive any tax dollars.  The zoo relies on donations, membership dues, admission fees and grants for funding. The Zoo has… Continue Reading Zoo launches text-donation program

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The work of some of the people at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo may someday save your life. With little notice or fanfare, the zoo’s CEO and employees regularly travel to exotic and often dangerous locales, trekking through thick jungles and crossing slippery streams to save creatures large and small that play a role in medical research.… Continue Reading Zoo’s mission takes it far outside Colorado Springs

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Herds drawn to zoo’s open enclosures

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When first introduced to their open-air enclosure, the giraffes huddled together in a corner of the African Rift Valley at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. “They were wary and mistrusting for about three weeks,” said Sean Anglum, public relations manager for the mountain zoo. Being prey, not predators, it took them time to adjust to “massive”… Continue Reading Herds drawn to zoo’s open enclosures

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