KIDS CAN DECORATE EASTER EGGS FOR CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO’S ANIMALS AT THE ZOO ON EASTER SUNDAY
March 12, 2010 – Cheyenne Mountain Zoo invites families on Easter Sunday, April 4th to decorate eggs at the Zoo, then watch them be fed out to selected animals. Special egg decorating stations will be set-up in the Lodge at Moose Lake to accommodate the egg decorating. There will even be a special table for eggs intended for Primate World. Gloves and masks will need to be worn for this table only, as the primates are more susceptible to human disease. Kids are encouraged to get creative with their egg designs. Only these Zoo-decorated eggs will be used this year to feed to the animals.
After the eggs are decorated, they will be fed out to a variety of Zoo animals. Easter egg collection and feeding times will be posted here on the Zoo’s website and at the Zoo’s admission gate on Easter Sunday. Visitors are encouraged to check the Easter Egg-stravaganza Delivery Schedule for their favorite animals Easter egg feed out time.
Commenting on the Easter egg distribution to animals, Director of Animal Collections Tracy Brower-Thessing explains, “We give our animals treats from time to time, not only to supplement their diets, but to give them some enrichment and mental and physical exercise. This kind of activity stimulates the natural behaviors of foraging for their food. This form of enrichment is an important element in the care and feeding of our animals.”
Founded in 1926, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of a small handful accredited zoos in the nation that operate without local tax support. As a self-supporting facility, it depends on admissions, membership dues, donations, and grants for funding.