CMZoo makes the 10Best Readers' Choice Award list for the third year in a row.

Being rated as a Top 10 zoo for three years is a pretty big deal! Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (CMZoo) once again makes its appearance among the best of the best zoo's in the nation, according to USA Today's readers. The rank was determined by "reader's choice," in other words it was voted on by the people who love and visit the zoos across the nation. 

This year, the zoo was recognized in two categories: No. 6 Best Zoo in North America and No. 5 Best Zoo Exhibit in North America (for its Rocky Mountain Wild exhibit).

"It means a great deal to know that people voted for us. We work hard to provide an environment where our community members can come to be inspired. This national recognition reminds us that the impact of our mission reaches beyond the city of Colorado Springs," said Bob Chastain, President and CEO of CMZoo, in a statement. "We were nominated amongst a group of impressive organizations, in markets much larger than ours, which makes us even more proud to have been named the sixth best zoo in North America and that Rocky Mountain Wild is the fifth best zoo exhibit."

Courtesy of CMZoo

Courtesy of CMZoo.

The zoo is designed to remove unnecessary physical barriers to bring people closer to animals. Keeper-led interactions and demonstrations help build connections between visitors and the world around them, all with the goal of inspiring guests to take action to protect animals their wild habitats. 

Rocky Mountain Wild, operating since the summer of 2008, hugs the highest elevations of CMZoo's developed mountainside acreage. The exhibit is home to a pack of endangered Mexican wolves, four Canada lynx, a Canada moose, two North American porcupines, two bald eagles, two grizzly bears, a mountain lion, three river otters, a family of turkeys, and a flock of wood ducks.

"Rocky Mountain Wild is known for its expansive natural exhibits, exquisite views, educational and entertaining animal demonstrations, and enthusiastic and passionate team of animal keepers," said CMZoo. 

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