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Feed Endangered Species at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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Come to Colorado Springs in April and we insist you include a visit to our world-class zoo. Voted #4 Best Zoo in North America in USA today, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is open 365 days a year, making it easy to fit into any schedule, no matter how short or long your visit. Here are a few insider tips we’d like to share with you before walking through the gates!

A visit in April ensures you’ll stay pleasantly cool under sunny blue skies. The 30-plus species of endangered species like this weather, too, before the heat of mid-summer sends them searching for shade. Order a timed ticket online, and plan it for the morning hours when the animals are most active. The ticket will guarantee your entrance, but won’t limit your stay. Don’t plan on rushing through; the zoo is built into a mountain 7,000 feet above sea level so it can be tiring to navigate its hills and paths. While you’re here, we encourage you to visit a few of our favorite creatures. Watch the penguins slip-n-slide on their built-in adventure park right next door to the hippos and then stop by to see the giraffes. The zoo is known for having the largest reticulated giraffe herd in North America. Buy a bunch of lettuce when you enter and feed them face-to-face! And buy a carrot while you’re at it so you can feed the rhinos, too! Book your visit far enough in advance and reserve your spot to paint with the orangutans! Complete your visit with a ride on the open-air chairlift for a bird’s eye view of the animals below. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Don’t wait! Book your stay with us, and plan your day at the zoo!