Zookeeper Shadow Program

(Ages 12+)

Shadow A Real-Life Zookeeper.

Want to be a Zookeeper for a day? Here's your opportunity to experience caring for animals at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Help clean, feed and interact with the animals through one-on-one experiences with a Zookeeper for a full-day or half-day.

Possible Areas Available:

  • Encounter Africa (elephants & rhino)
  • Upper African Rift Valley (giraffe, okapi, lions)
  • Lower African Rift Valley (Colobus monkeys, Red river hogs, zebra, meerkats, vultures, tortoises & more)
  • Aquatics (hippos, beavers, penguins, Komodo dragon, Burmese pythons & more)
  • Australia & Scutes Family Gallery (wallabies, budgies, reptiles, & domestic farm animals)
  • Primate World (orangutans, gorillas, siamangs, tamarins, macaques and naked mole rats)
  • Monkeys & Bears (Spectacled bears, Asiatic black bears, gibbons, marmosets, coati's, macaques, and sloths)
  • Conservation Highlands (endangered species such as black-footed ferrets, Wyoming toads, tigers & leopards)
  • Rocky Mountain Wild (moose, wolves, mountain lions, lynx, river otters & grizzly bears)


Half day (4 hours)
Members: $100.25
Non-members: $110.25

Full day (8 hours plus 1 hour lunch)
Members: $175.25
Non-members: $185.25

For the safety of both the animals and the participant, proof of a negative tuberculosis test taken within the past year is required if working with primates. (This cost is approximately $20.)

Sign Up

We require that you register for a keeper shadow at least one week prior to the date of participation.

E-mail or call 719-424-7874