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keepers say calf is strong, independent, and full of personality

July 6 at 1:20 p.m. MDT, we welcomed a baby girl to the herd! Hear from Jason, CMZoo giraffe animal care manager, about how the new calf's first few weeks of life have been, and learn about what's next for Msitu's not-so-little girl.

How penny, the giraffe calf who passed in 2018, left a legacy that IS advancING therapeutic and diagnostic giraffe care
Penny, CMZoo's late giraffe calf, pictured in 2018
When Penny, a reticulated giraffe calf, was born at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on June 4, 2018, Dr. Liza Dadone, head veterinarian and VP of mission and programs, couldn't have known that the next few months of care for the sixteen-member giraffe herd would present such complicated cases. Since Penny's passing late last summer, her legacy has continued both by helping people around the world fall in love with giraffe and by helping advance giraffe medicine in zoos.

Within months of Penny's birth, the giraffe care team was managing unprecedented rare cases including a brand-new calf who needed intensive medical care, a chronic ligament strain in a mature male, and a mature female who would eventually reveal a false-positive pregnancy - one of only four such cases of the false diagnostic result ever documented.

Dr. Dadone did, however, know how precious a placenta could be to help improve both therapies and diagnostics for giraffe medicine. Minutes after then-20-year-old Muziki gave birth to Penny, Jason Bredahl, giraffe animal care manager at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, picked up the placenta and handed it off to Dr. Dadone.

guests can now see cubs and kaya every day in rocky mountain wild
The three mountain lion cubs who were orphaned in Washington in late May are growing, playing and getting settled in their new home with their new "grandma" Kaya, 13-year-old CMZoo mountain lion. The four mountain lions are sharing den and outdoor space together, and can be visited every day in Rocky Mountain Wild.

Rocky Mountain Wild Keeper, Courtney Rogers, shares the latest update on the cubs, how to distinguish the lions from one another, and what's next in the cubs' progress.

introductions continue as keepers remain flexible

Since he arrived in May 2016, Goma, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's 28-year-old silverback Western lowland gorilla, has been working to incorporate with the gorilla troop of four females, Juju, Roxie, Asha and Kwisha. With a focus on providing an environment which helps all of the gorillas feel safe and in control, keepers are beginning to see promising interactions.

Although introductions have been somewhat unusual and challenging, CMZoo keepers and staff continue to stay flexible and seek new ways to provide an environment that promotes positive interactions between Goma and the female gorillas. Goma, who lived with another male gorilla for about 20 years at his previous home, seems to prefer alone time more than most other male gorillas. Staff are working to set the stage for Goma to discover that life with females could be a desirable situation for him.

CMZoo's conservation team gives an update on its black-footed ferret and Wyoming toad breeding programs. The two important breeding and release efforts contribute to saving species that were once considered extinct in the wild.
it's more than just an excuse to get dirty
Did you know that there is an international day dedicated to celebrating mud? June 29 is International Mud Day, and it's more than just an excuse to get really, really dirty.

International Mud Day may not seem to have an obvious connection to animals or zoos, but connecting kids with nature allows them to become stronger environmental stewards who are capable of changing the world someday. Mud Day is definitely making those connections and fostering those stewards.

International Mud Day started because a school in Australia and a school in Nepal wanted to create a day where kids from two different worlds could play in nature at the same time. The kids from Nepal could not afford to get a set of clothes dirty, so the Australian students raised funds and sent clothes so they could play together on the same day. That was ten years ago. Now, groups all over the world celebrate International Mud Day, including Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's summer camp and teen program participants.

The word is out! Matilda, our wallaby known for her love of training treats, has a new love!

Her joey has just started peeking out of her pouch. The joey is only about 4 months old, so there's still some time before he/she starts hopping around the wallaby yard. 

Until then, see if you can spot the little one making a swift appearance while you're in Australia Walkabout during your next trip to  #CMZoo

In case you missed it:
Mexican Wolf Pup is Named Uno

The singleton Mexican wolf pup born to CMZoo's wolf pack on April 19 is growing up quickly, and recently earned his name: Uno!

The pup is interacting with its four siblings, Phoenix, Hope, Bluestem and Shadow, more often as it grows more confident in mom, Luna, and father, Navarro's pack of seven.

There are only 131 Mexican wolves in the wild, so the little guy's birth is extremely important to the survival of his species. His offspring, his siblings' offspring, and any potential future siblings could go on to help the species recover in the wild.