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.
All Children 2 and under: FREE
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
A short story about a long history and a promising future…
It all began with a special gift to the mayor of Denver, a black bear named Billy Bryan. Today, the
Denver Zoo is home to 4,000 animals representing over 750 species and is one of the mostpopular zoos in the United States. With an exciting 15-20 year master plan in place, the 21st century will see the Denver Zoo transformed into an exciting conservation center that will continue to further the evolution of superb zoo exhibitory.
Open every day of the year
Admission gates open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grounds close at 5 p.m.
Adults (Ages 12-64) – $13
Seniors (Ages 65+) – $11
Children (Ages 3-11) – $9
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
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