Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a mountainside zoo, located southwest of downtown Colorado Springs, on Cheyenne Mountain at an elevation of 6,800 feet (2,100 m) above sea level. The Zoo covers 140-acre (57 ha), of which 40 acres (16 ha) are in use. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of only two mountain zoos in the United States. The animal collection includes more than 750 animals, representing nearly 150 different species, with more than 30 endangered species. It opened in 1926 and is currently member of AZA. Their first gorilla was Gorgeous, a one year old female who arrived in June 1950 from Africa. Although it was a stillborn, Rebecca and Hercules were the parents of the first baby gorilla to born at Cheyenne.

Visitors at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo have access to both outdoor and indoor enclosures where gorillas are kept at. The outdoor habitat has a kidney shape and due to the position of the whole zoo (placed on the mountain), the enclosure has a large difference of height level. It is a grassy area with a lot of trees, truncks and rocks and there are two main viewing areas for visitors, on which big glass windows are the separation between them and gorillas. The indoor building has different public bedrooms. All of them are provided with wooden platforms, straw on the floor and some other environmental enrichment elements.
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Cheyenne Zoo
keeps a group of five gorillas:

ROXIE

JUJU

GOMA

KWISHA

ASHA


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Family Tree (Genealogical Chart):

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