When I went to visit Amanda back in early May one of the only things we planned was to visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. (We did not plan Sunday night’s ER visit for a certain 2yr old who fell & but through the tip of his tongue.) I truly have a love hate relationship with zoos… I love that I get to see the amazing animals! I hate that I can’t take them home with me! So when she previously told me about the giraffes and how you can feed them I knew that I would love it. Err, I mean, I knew the kids would obviously want to go again and I would helplessly follow them around…
So armed with bubble teas, Amanda and I took the kiddos to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on Saturday morning. Even for early morning in May I was shocked at how hot it was. I was really thankful we stopped for the bubble teas. Also, thankful the top was on securely when Benjamin accidentally knocked it out of the wagon. Anyway… We parked, paid the admission ($17.25 for an adult), and were on our way to having a great time.
For just $2 you get veggies to hand-feed the giraffes! This is the largest herd at any zoo with 20 giraffes, so this is the big attraction. They were eager, and yet very polite, to get fed. They used their tongues to grab the food from our hands. Did you know that their tongues are 18-21″ long with the last 6″ of it purplish-black. Crazy! If you can’t make it to see the giraffes in person you can atleast check them out on the Giraffe Cam!!!
These are such beautiful knobby animals!
After the giraffe feeding we continued on getting to see monkeys, boa constrictor, lizards, moose, !
There was a farm area that had goats, chickens and bunnies. These 2 were an adorable pair. The small grey one was so trying to be so cuddying with the big white one (I’m assuming femal because of that massive dewlap) by wiggling under her.
We also visited the reptile house were I got to touch a boa constrictor, check out some small lizards, and several turtles.
The tiger was hard to spot at first. (Thank you zoom!)
They boys had a great time. L1 even got to ride on a little choo-choo train, B opted out. And I needed some baby fix so held L2 for most of the zoo trip resulting in jello arms but it was all worth it with him conked out in my arms under his sun hat. Of course after the zoo trip we asked the boys their favorite part & they announced seeing the hippos…. we did not see hippos that day.
There was a bear enclosure with a very sleepy bear lounging around. The fish were more entertaining to the kids.
The zoo was under construction but was still very accessible and very clean. The areas under construction were fairly limited so it did not feel like we were missing too much. We missed out on the African Elephants but at least they are getting a new home, and that is all that matters. I was really impressed by this zoo. (Much better than when I visited Franklin Park Zoo in Boston.) If you are in Colorado Springs then I suggest that you visit the zoo and see their 550 animals representing 119 species.
4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
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