Monday, July 21, 2014

Sparacino family summer vacation Day 7 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

While in Colorado Springs, we knew we wanted to visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
It is the only mountainside zoo in America.
This zoo is seriously cool.
We have visited about 6 other zoos and this one is very high on the list!
The giraffe exhibit is outstanding!
From wikipedia:
Reticulated giraffes flourish at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's African Rift Valley exhibit and are the largest herd in the United States. The public is able to hand feed romaine lettuce for a fee to the giraffes at inside or outside enclosures. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo giraffe breeding program is the most prolific in the world with 199 births since 1954.
We spent most of the day at the zoo and had a great time! There were so many animals that we were able to view up close and a mountain lion that was awake and prowling around. We also fed birds, petted a baby wallaby, viewed Mexican gray wolves, and witnessed a momma and baby gorilla. The orangutans were so fun and interactive trying to kiss anyone who put their lips to the glass.
I took a lot of pictures and here are the highlights:
How regal are lions?!
Gorgeous views
throwing dirt on himself :-)
The beautiful Broadmoor hotel:

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