Animal Happenings

Animals & Keepers Show their Stuff.

Don't miss some great opportunities to learn more about the animals and what we do at the Zoo. Some animal happenings occur during the summer months only. To ensure that the activity you're interested in will happen the day of your visit, call 719.633.9925, ext. 0, or e-mail Also, remember to check the Animal Happenings signs in each area during your visit for the most up to date information.

Animal Encounters

Bears. Lions. Elephants. And more! Get up close to the Zoo's animals on your own Animal Encounter.

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Receive the day’s animal shows right on your phone via text message. Simply text “Zoo + day of the week” to 839-863. For example, “Zoomonday” or “Zoosaturday.” It’s a quick and easy way to make sure you don’t miss a single animal show! Standard text message rates apply.

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Keeper Talks and Demos

Listed in order by time of day; earliest to latest.

Giraffe Stampede

When: Daily, 9:15 a.m. (weather permitting)
Where: ARV Boardwalk, giraffe drawbridge
What: Start the day out right by watching our magnificent herd migrate to their exhibit.

Encounter Africa Keepers Caring for Elephants

When: Daily, 12 p.m.
Where: Elephant Demonstration Yard outside or inside the Wilgruen Elephant Center barn during cold weather (weather permitting)
What: Have you ever wondered what it takes to care for an elephant herd? Join our keeper staff as they give our girls a bath, pedicures, and exercise.
Note: Location may change to the WEC in inclement weather.

Hippo Training Demonstration

When: Daily, 2:00 p.m.
Where: Aquatics building, at hippos
What: How wide can a hippo open its mouth? What is a hippos closest relative? Find out the answers and see keepers interact with our Nile hippos.

Giraffe Training Demonstration

When: Daily, 2:00 p.m.
Where: African Rift Valley boardwalk or in the giraffe building (see sign post)
What: Have you heard about our herd? Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has one of the largest giraffe herds in captivity, and we can't wait to tell you all about them! Stop by so our giraffe can show you their training in action, and learn about how these gentle giants are helping to save their wild counterparts.

Gator Training

When: Friday-Monday and Wednesday, 2:00 p.m.
Where: In Scutes Family Gallery at gators
What: Did you know that Gators can be trained?  Come see how the keepers work with one of the largest reptiles on the planet.

Snow Leopard Demo

When: Saturday, 2:00 p.m. (weather permitting)
Where: Asian Highlands at Snow Leopard exhibit
What: Our Animal Care Staff works hard to keep our cats active and thinking. Come watch the leopards interact with our staff or some fun enrichment items.

Moose Training

When: Wednesday - Saturday, 3:30 p.m. (weather permitting)
Where: Rocky Mountain Wild, at moose
What: Let us introduce you to “Tahoma”, our resident moose. Join our Animal Care Staff to learn about the largest member of the deer family.

Mountain Lion Demo

When: Sunday - Tueaday, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Rocky Mountain Wild, at the south Mountain Lion exhibit
What: Be introduced to and gain an appreciation for Colorado’s biggest cat. Watch them interact with enrichment or train with their keepers. Be amazed at how well they adapt to their mountain home.


Animal Feeding Shows

Listed in order by time of day; earliest to latest.

Penguin Feeding and Talk

When: Daily, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Aquatics building; in front of the penguin exhibit
What: Watch our flock get their mid-morning snack. After the feeding our Animal Care Staff will be available to answer all your questions on the best dressed birds at the Zoo.

Wolf Feeding and Keeper Talk

When: Daily, 11:30 a.m. (weather permitting)
Where: Rocky Mountain Wild, at Wolf Woods
What: Catch a glimpse of the elusive Mexican grey wolf. This feeding is a great time to see one of the rarest animals in North America.
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Monkey Pavilion Trainig Demo

When: Daily, 11:45 a.m. (weather permitting)
Where: Monkey Pavilion, outdoor enclosures or indoors
Message: Most of the world's primates live in tropical forests. Unfortunately many of these forests are being destroyed for agriculture and logging. Visit the Rainforest Review show to see some of the ways these amazing animals have adapted to life high in the trees. Learn how you can help preserve a place for nature's high fliers long into the future through habitat conservation.
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Red River Hog Feeding and Keeper Talk

When: Daily, 12:00 p.m
Where: African Rift Valley
What: Come to the hog exhibit for a little lunchtime visit. See the keepers feeding the hogs and sharing some information about our growing hog family.

Otter Feeding Demo

When: Daily, 1:30 p.m.
Where: Rocky Mountain Wild, at otters
What: Our aquatic acrobats will amaze you as they look for an underwater mid-morning snack. Animal Care Staff will be on hand to share just how outstanding otters are.

Grizzly Bear Enrichment Feeding

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:45 p.m.
Where: Rocky Mountain Wild, on the boardwalk above the grizzly's bear's side yard
What: Stop by on Tuesdays and Thursdays, see Emmett and Digger playing with enrichment made to bring out the best in our bears.
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Natural Behavior Animal Shows

Listed in order by time of day; earliest to latest.

Please Note: show schedules may update seasonally. 

Tiger Demo and Keeper Talk

When: Sunday, 2:00 p.m. (weather permitting)
Where: Asian Highlands, at tigers
What: Learn how and why our Animal Care Staff train and enrich our tigers. Catch a tiger training session or watch them play with a new enrichment item.
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Quills in the Sky

When: Sunday - Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. (weather permitting)
Where: Rocky Mountain Wild, above the porcupine exhibit
What: What's that in the tree?! Is it a bird? Is it a monkey?! No, it’s a Porcupine! Visit our North American porcupine exhibit in RMW and learn all about our quilled friends in the "Quills in the Sky" show.

Bear Necessities: Grizzly Bear Show

When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday-Sunday, 2:45 p.m.
Where: Rocky Mountain Wild, in Grizzly Bear viewing area
What: What are the “bear necessities” for living like a wild grizzly? Emmett and Digger invite you to come by and see what natural behaviors make bears so perfectly adapted for living in their rugged mountain homes. From climbing to fishing, you’ve never seen the bears quite like this. You may even catch some training that allows us to take better care of the bears in their home here at the zoo. Don’t miss a grizzly good time!
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Guest Feeding & Up-Close Experiences

No need to make reservations for these unique feeding experiences at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Get up close with long-time favorites and some new additions on your next visit.

Rhino Snack Time

Location: Encounter Africa, in front of rhino exhibit
When: Seasonal Spring - Fall (weather permitting)
What: Enjoy a one-on-one feeding experience with Jumbe, our black rhino. You can hand-feed Jumbe two snack items for just $5 per person. Feedings are first come, first served. Jumbe's Snack Time is limited to 30 minutes, but may be shorter if the rhino chooses. Sessions are weather-dependent and subject to cancellation.
Cost: $5 per person


Elephant Snack Time

Location: Encounter Africa, next to Lane Falls
When: Seasonal Spring - Fall (weather permitting)
What: Have you ever fed an elephant? Well, here is your chance! Come by and meet one of our elephants up close and personal.
Cost: $5 per person



Giraffe Feeding Experience

Location: African Rift Valley
When: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - A Cheyenne Mountain Zoo favorite 365 days a year!
What: Hand-feed our 20 giraffe, the largest reticulated giraffe herd of any zoo in the world! Reticulated what? We’re talking about the type of sub-species of our herd. The scientific name, Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata, means camel-leopard-like one who walks swiftly. If you’re a Cheyenne Mountain Zoo member, be sure to take advantage of the special members-only discounted frequent feeding card available for purchase at the Front Entry..
Cost: $2.00
Learn more about giraffe feeding, and sneak a peek at our live Giraffe Cam!



Chicken Feeding Experience

Location: between Aquatics and Primate World
When: Daily during Zoo hours (weather premitting) - with certain winter restrictions, unless otherwise noted.
What: Join in on one of the hottest urban farming trends – raising chickens! In the coop behind Aquatics with some of the rarest and most exotic chicken varieties, including silver penciled wyandottes, silver leghorns, and cochins.
Cost: Purchase feed for $1, and if you aren’t chicken, you can even feed them!



Pony Rides

Location: Entrance to Rocky Mountain Wild, just south of The Lodge at Moose Lake
When: Days/times are seasonal. Visit our Pony Rides page for details.
Hey cowpokes! Hop up in the saddle and take Old Paint for a ride at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. We have a mess of trusty steeds in all sizes and colors for the young'uns. Each pony and rider is individually led by a wrangler around a circular trail, nestled in Rocky Mountain Wild. It's an old west adventure they'll never forget.
Learn all about Pony Ride times and costs here ... (and there is even Pony Camp!)