Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (Colorado Springs, CO)


  • Name:Ms. Donna Greenfield
  • Title:Grants Manager

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  • Address:4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road
    Colorado Springs, CO 80906
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:719 633 9925
  • Main fax:719 633 2254

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  • Mission:
  • A leader in conservation, captive breeding and animal care, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo connects people with wildlife and wild places through experiences that inspire action.

  • Overview:
  • To accomplish our mission, the Zoo's efforts are focused in the following three areas:

    Conservation: Our conservation efforts are focused on what we do best - captive breeding of threatened species, reintroduction programs, support of wild populations and their habitats, and engaging and educating the public about conservation of animals and the environment. The Zoo is also actively involved in local, regional, and international conservation efforts, such as habitat restoration for native butterflies, promoting the use of sustainable palm oil and helping save amphibians from extinction in Panama and in our own region.

    Education: Staff works hard to engage, inform and inspire our guests about animals and the environment through natural behavior animal shows, keeper talks, interactive learning stations, docent stations, and the Loft Exploration Center. Students from every school district in our region visit the Zoo to experience nature, learn about ecosystems and bring classroom instruction to life. For those unable to visit the Zoo’s grounds, our Outreach Program travels into the community visiting schools, community organizations, and adult care facilities to provide up-close and memorable animal learning experiences.

    Recreation: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, America's only mountian zoo, proudly exhibits a diverse and noteworthy collection featuring more than 800 animals representing 212 species. The Zoo is known for providing guests with up-close and uniquely memorable experiences with giraffes, elephants, grizzly bear, hippos, otters and more, making us the most popular paid attraction in the Pikes Peak region. Last year the Zoo welcomed a record-high 607,269 guests, with 61% visiting from right here in the Pikes Peak region.

    Accomplishments: Over the past 10+ years the Zoo has undergone a remarkable revitalization. Since 2000, individuals, foundations and corporations have supported the Zoo by funding three new world-class exhibits. Our most ambitious exhibit to date, Encounter Africa, will open May 1, 2013. This incredible exhibit will provide a state-of-the-art new home for our elephants, black-rhino, meerkats and African lions, while also offering our guests amazing new viewing opportunities and up-close experiences. With each improvement at the Zoo, we have made it easier for our guests to get around, given our animals’ first-class new homes, and made the entire Zoo experience more impactful. In fact, this year Trip Advisor rated Cheyenne Mountain Zoo as one of the top 10 zoos in the United States!

  • History:
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s beginnings can be traced back to 1916, when local philanthropist Spencer Penrose received a bear as a gift. Each year after Mr. Penrose steadily expanded his animal collection to include elk, deer, a boa constrictor and even an elephant named Tessie. Mr. Penrose’s animal collection was originally housed at his Turkey Creek Ranch south of Colorado Springs, as well as on the grounds of his Broadmoor Hotel.

    In 1926, after an unfortunate incident between a hotel guest and a monkey, the animal collection was relocated on the side of Cheyenne Mountain, to a location aptly referred to as Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Mr. Penrose incorporated the Zoo as a non-profit public trust for the people of Colorado Springs, in 1938. For more than 80 years, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has kept alive Spencer Penrose’s vision of serving the community as extraordinary recreation, education and conservation resource.

  • Year established:1926
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:23
  • Advisory board size:5
  • Staff size:82


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:84-0407039

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:840407039
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% KATHY FRENCH
  • Organization Address:4250 CHEYENNE MT ZOO ROAD
  • Organization City:COLORADO SPRINGS
  • Organization State:CO
  • Organization Zip:80906-0000
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:May, 1939
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):559
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Advocacy Attempt to influence public opinion concerning Other matters
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:April, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:April
  • NTEE Code:D500
  • Asset Amount:$59,609,753
  • Asset Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • Income Amount:$21,400,660
  • Income Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$21,325,077
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 7:44:17 pm

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