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October 2018
Staff Profile:
Mandy hester

Mandy Hester is lead animal keeper in Primate World at CMZoo. Hear about her history at the Zoo, her passion for conservation and what's new around Primate World in this month's Waterhole staff feature!

Sat., November 3
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Sun., November 4
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sat., November 17
6 p.m. - 8 a.m. on Sun., November 18
November 19 - 21 & 23
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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What's New:
CMZOO orangutans swing into newly renovated exhibit
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's orangutans are having a swingin'-good time, thanks to a newly renovated exhibit. Several new features take them to heights they would frequent in the wild.

The new structures and features, including new platforms, hammocks, tree structures, sway poles and fifty-foot-long 'vines' constructed of fire hose, overlook the city of Colorado Springs from above the main Zoo parking lot. Primate World keepers teamed up with the CMZoo horticulture and maintenance crew to bring this dream habitat to life. It's designed to keep our orangutans stimulated, strong and enriched.

Animal Encounter:
Meet tommy and tori, cmzoo's intelligent american alligators
In a new training area in the indoor section of the alligator exhibit, Tommy is learning to come out of the water onto a sandy area and line up alongside a set of wooden barrier poles. Tommy sits on one side of the poles and the keepers interact with him from the other side, performing routine checks on his feet and scales among other things. Keepers will eventually work up to getting voluntary blood draws from Tommy, which will help them monitor his health beyond visual check-ups.

Conservation :
cmzoo sends more support to protect wild elephants and rhinos
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's Quarters for Conservation program has allowed us to send more support to Tsavo Trust - a field-based non-profit organization in Africa that uses aerial surveillance and on-the-ground field efforts to protect wildlife in Tsavo National Park.

Tsavo Trust leads anti-poaching and illegal grazing prevention efforts, combined with creative solutions, like installing honeybee colonies to protect the last of the "Big Tuskers" in Kenya.

Children's Hospital Colorado :
what baby animals need to thrive
Shelter, family, guidance and play time! These are all things CMZoo keepers say baby animals need to grow up to be successful adults.  Click the video link to learn more (and to see our meerkat pups in action), then head over to to learn what all human babies need to grow into healthy, happy adults.  WATCH NOW
Explore and Learn :
fall break plans? zoo camp registration is open
Though it feels like summer just ended, fall is here. That means your children will soon have a full week off school. Don't worry though; Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is here with new camp adventures!
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is offering Fall Break camp November 19,-21 and 23 (no camp November 22) for kids of all ages. These camps feature all-new themes based around the amazing autumn season, and they'll celebrate the many animals that call our Zoo home.