Summer is winding down and the free time is starting to dry up. You’ve hit the pool and the local park, but have you visited the zoo yet?
With lions and tigers and bears (oh my), Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, located in southwest Colorado Springs, it is certainly one of the best. According to a recent post on ColoradoSprings.com, this animal paradise landed at number five on Trip Advisor’s list of best zoos in the United States, making it one of the best zoos in the world.
One would certainly expect this rating upon visiting this zoo in Colorado Springs. Offering the opportunity for an abounding amount of animal encounters, it is no wonder it drew over 648,000 people last year. From the gibbons to the giraffes, visitors are able to get quite close to the animals, something they might not be able to experience at other zoos.
Visitors note that this zoo is an ideal to spend time as a family without breaking the bank. When you visit the zoo, you are not only paying for the experience of seeing the zoo animals. You are actually helping the animals in the wild.
When families pay to enter the zoo, they are donating to the zoo’s conservation program. They even having a say in deciding which specific project the money goes toward and can vote on how much money each conservation project will receive. At the moment, the funds are focused toward helping wild orangutans and providing protection for Amur tigers and leopards.
Whether you are an animal advocate or your seven-year-old has been begging to see the giraffes, this Colorado Springs staple could be considered a must-visit for both Colorado residents and tourists.
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