Colorado Zoos.


Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Colorado Springs, Colorado


The Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Society was founded in 1926 by philanthropist Spencer Penrose to house his growing collection of exotic animals. In 1938, after substantial development, Mr. Penrose incorporated Cheyenne Mountain Zoo as a non-profit public trust for the people of Colorado Springs.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Today
Today, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, America’s ONLY mountain zoo, offers a new experience every time and transforms visitors from passive viewers to active participants. Through comprehensive education programs, exciting conservation efforts, and truly fantastic animal experiences, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is able to touch the lives of our guests more than ever
before. It is Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s hope to help visitors fall in love with animals and nature, and take action to protect them. Of the 224 zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of just nine operating without government support. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo depends on admissions, membership dues, and donations for funding.

Admission:
Adult (12-64)……………………$19.75
Seniors (65+)…………………..$17.75
Child (3-11)……………………..$14.75
All Children 2 and under: FREE

Year-round Hours:
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.)
Please note that not all animals will be out on exhibit until 5 p.m.

Visit there website here for further details. www.cmzoo.org









Denver Zoo in Denver, Colorado



Тhе Denver Zoo covers 80 acres іn City Park, аnd mоrе thаn 2 mіllіоn people visited thе zoo іn 2012. Тhе zoo opened іts doors іn 1896 wіth thе donation оf аn orphaned black bear named Billy Bryan. Today, thе zoo houses 3,500 dіffеrеnt animals frоm асrоss thе wоrld, representing mоrе thаn 650 species.
Read the full article on the Denver Zoo Article

Hours: 2017
Admission gates open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Grounds close at 6 p.m.
NOTE: April & May are our busiest months for field trips. Guests may experience difficulty or a delay in finding parking.

Admission: 2017
Adults (Ages 12-64) – $17
Seniors (Ages 65+) – $14
Children (Ages 3-11) – $12
Kids 2 and Under – FREE

Visit there website here for current admission prices and additional information. www.denverzoo.org


Colorado Gators, Mosca Colorado


Colorado Gators is a family oriented, educational facility that focuses on full use of natural and recycled resources. Our goal is to maintain an integrated ecosystem while providing educational opportunities and viable farm products.

The History of Colorado Gators Erwin and Lynne Young moved from Post, Texas to Alamosa, Colorado in September, 1974 with their four children, Mark, Mike, Sherri, and Jay. Erwin learned of the geothermal water resources available in the Valley and wanted to grow Tilapia, an African perch that requires warm water and is very good to eat. In 1977 they purchased the 80 acre farm that is now Colorado Gators Reptile Park. It wasn’t until 1987 that they purchased 100 baby alligators to dispose of dead fish and the remains of filleted fish.

Those baby gators grew quickly in the warm geothermal water (87° F) and the locals wanted to see them, so we opened to the public in 1990. Soon we were in the spotlight of many media programs and articles. Individuals with overgrown alligators and other reptiles such as large pythons, tortoises, iguanas, and more started dropping them off with us.

We have become a sanctuary for unwanted exotic pets and we care for them as best we can. We display them for the public to understand the dangers in owning these pets and we take them to schools for educational programs.

2017 HOURS OF OPERATION:
Winter Hours (November 7 – February 26): 10 am – 4 pm
Spring Hours (February 27 – May 25): 9 am – 5 pm
Summer Hours (May 26 – September 3): 9 am – 6 pm
Fall Hours (September 4 – November 5): 9 am – 5 pm

Admission:
Adults ages 16 – 64: $15.00
Children ages 6 – 15: $7.50
Seniors ages 65 – 79: $7.50
Seniors ages 80 and over: FREE
Children ages 5 and under: FREE