-- Un-BEAR-ably entertaining REAL bear demonstrations scheduled for 24th Annual Teddy Bear Days at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo this weekend --

June 18, 2012, Colorado Springs, CO – Kids receive a special admission discount during Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s 24th Annual Teddy Bear Days this Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24. Kids 12 and under accompanied by a teddy bear or other stuffed friend get into the zoo for just $5.25 (see Fast Facts below for additional requirements).

Special zookeeper talks and enrichment demonstrations are also scheduled throughout the day in Bear Grotto (Andean bears, Asiatic black bears) and Rocky Mountain Wild (grizzly bears). For example, during the “Cool” Bear Enrichment demo, guests can watch Osito and Rosie (Andean bears) get five-gallon ice pop treats. During the Be Bear Aware demo, zookeepers will set up a simulated campsite, complete with marshmallows and a tent, in Emmett and Digger’s (grizzly bears) exhibit so guests can watch the raid.

See video of Emmett and Digger raiding a simulated campsite.

Be sure to stop by Lodge at Moose Lake for Teddy Bear Days activities, including face painting, mascot meet-and-greets, and the much-loved Teddy Bear Clinic. Nurses from Memorial Hospital for Children and other volunteers will be on hand to give free teddy bear check-ups. They’ll administer stitches, splints, and other medical care as needed, and each bear’s weight, height, and temperature will be recorded on a certificate of health. The clinic gives kids the opportunity to learn about the types of things that might happen during a visit to the doctor or hospital, making it a little less scary.

See photos of Teddy Bear Days.

Fast Facts

Teddy Bear Days

Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24, 2012

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Teddy Bear Clinic (Lodge at Moose Lake)

10:45 a.m.: Grizzly Bear Follies Show (Rocky Mountain Wild)

12:15 p.m.: “Cool” Bear Enrichment Demo (Bear Grotto)

2:45 p.m.: Be Bear Aware Demo (Rocky Mountain Wild)

Kids (3 – 12):  $5.25, when accompanied by a stuffed friend

Kids (2 and under): free

Children must be accompanied by a paid adult; maximum of four children per adult. No other discounts apply.

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Teddy Bear Days is supported by Frontier AirlinesToyota of Colorado Springs, Liberty Toyota, Memorial Hospital for Children, and Kaiser Permanente.