By: Kellie McGregor, CMZ Outreach Coordinator & Earth Month Committee Member
In March and April, nature awakes from its deep sleep to enjoy the warmer temperatures. Have you noticed the flowers and grass beginning to peer out from their winter hiding spots? Even the animals at the zoo are enjoying the sun. Just yesterday, one of our Amur tigers was playfully savoring a dip in the water of his exhibit. It’s as if nature is rejoicing the coming of spring. That’s why it’s fitting we are celebrating, too! This April, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is teaming up with Pikes Peak Earth Day, and other businesses and non-profits to celebrate Mother Earth the entire month.
To start things off, we’re throwing a party! The Pikes Peak Earth Month Kickoff Party jumpstarts the month of festivities on April 1, 2012, at Stargazers Theatre in Colorado Springs from 5:30pm to 9:00pm. It’s going to be a night of sustainability, conservation, and fun! Enjoy music, food, and drinks supplied by companies that care about our Earth. Even better, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Zoo On The Move and Quarters for Conservation projects will be there with live animals, and information on how you can protect wild animals and wild places. Guests will also have the chance to make a pledge to make a change in their lives to better the environment through our new pledge program.
Being a part of the Pikes Peak Earth Day committee and the Pikes Peak Earth Month Kickoff Party is especially important to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo because protecting our planet is something we strive to do all year long. In addition to providing up close experiences with animals, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo implemented the Quarters for Conservation program - $0.25 of each admission is allocated to conservation efforts around the world. In an effort to reduce waste, we’ve also begun a composting program. We know that in order to protect our amazing animals and habitats they live in, we must be good stewards of the planet.
We are challenging you to be good stewards of our planet, too. Check our calendar for Earth Month activities at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo or the Pikes Peak Earth Day website for happenings throughout