Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has ‘wish list’ of items as it prepares to reopen after hailstorm

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Workers at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo are cleaning up and getting everything ready for the facility’s reopening Saturday after Monday’s devastating hailstorm.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of just a few major zoos that operates without government funding.

It is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Donations are accepted and they are tax deductible.

The zoo has a “wish list” on its website.

Animal Enrichment

Food Enrichment Items
(All food items should be unopened and not expired.)
*Check out our Free Palm Oil App for orangutan-friendly brands!

  • Baby food, all-natural/organic
  • Catnip
  • Kellogg’s corn flakes or “non-sugary” Kellogg’s cereals
  • Dried fruit
  • Dried spices
  • Fruit paste, all-natural/organic
  • Honey
  • JELL-O, sugar free
  • Pasta, uncooked
  • Peanut butter
  • Almond butter

Other Enrichment Items

  • Burlap
  • Denim, bolt fabric or old jeans
  • Hand mirrors
  • Kong toys, heavy-duty/black preferred
  • Sheets, cotton
  • Tablecloths, cotton
  • Perfume/body splash
  • Puzzle feeders for dogs, cats, or parrots
  • Hay hides

Electronics/electrical items

  • mp3 players, portable
  • Generators
  • Power washers


  • Old or non-functioning ATVs
  • Aquariums, 10- and 20-gallon (must hold water)
  • Binoculars
  • Coveralls
  • Dirt, clean
  • Mulch, clean
  • Rubber boots
  • Terrariums, 10- and 20-gallon with screen rack
  • No filter humidifier/large room humidifier


  • Garden tools, high-quality

Veterinary supplies

  • Brooms
  • Squeegies
  • Sponge mops
  • Bath towels (clean without holes)
  • New batteries (all sizes)
  • Surgical instruments (good working condition)
  • Clean scrubs
  • Foam archery targets (animal shapes preferred)
  • New cast material in several sizes
  • Stockinettes in several sizes
  • Bair hugger system with cloth blankets
  • PetMap 8404 system
Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.