Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Monday, July 13, 2015
We needed something to do before heading out west later in the week for hiking and other various activities. My wife had learned about the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs and it sounded pretty interesting. My sister took a day off and came along. It took them a while to get up and ready, so with the rather long drive, we didn't get there till about noon. The zoo closes at 5:00 pm and it takes 4 to 5 hours to see everything.
The zoo admission includes access to a monument a mile up the road, through the zoo. But the road access is closed at 4:30 pm. We waited till we were about to leave to do it, not aware of the early closure time. So we didn't see the monument except from a distance.
The zoo is built into the hillside, as its name might suggest. And it gives you a good day of walking to see all the exhibits. There's also a lift that goes up to the top of the zoo grounds. It's an extra fee, but probably worth it. You get a really nice view of the city and countryside.
Here's a map of the zoo:
I think the Asian Highlands section was next. But if I remember correctly, most of the viewing windows were too poor to get good photos through. Most of my next set of photos came from the American section.
I like zoos, animals, and photographing them. For me, this was a terrific day. I ought to mention that in the past I've always used Canon DSLR's. I love the ability to use the full zoom on those cameras. If I wasn't on a trip with some hiking, I would have brought the Canon. The Ricoh is nice, but it's pretty limited in it's zoom ability. On the other hand it is waterproof and I don't have to worry about protecting an expensive camera (though the Ricoh isn't that cheap either).
Have a good day!