May 4, 2011 3:53 PM by Michael Macias
COLORADO SPRINGS - A massive new custom home is in the works for some of the most popular animals at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
The zoo introduced phase one of it's new exhibit "Encounter Africa" today. Part of a 13.5 million dollar campaign, the exhibit will be home to the African elephants and lions, as well as the black rhinos. The barn is two-thirds the size of a football field. One of the unique things it includes is a six inch deep splash stall with an elephant operated warm water shower. Zoo keepers say the new larger exhibit is a much better habitat for the animals and more interesting for visitors.
"It became an opportunity to give them a brand new habitat and environment that will be world class for them. Just outstanding for our zoo and our guest in particular to experience elephants on a whole new level,"said Jason Bredahl, Elephant Animal Care Manager of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
The exhibit plan has two more phases that will begin in the Spring of 2012.