Colorado Zoo gets rare ‘clean’ inspection report

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The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has received a rare clean inspection report from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, joining just three organizations in the 50-year history of accreditation, zoo officials said Thursday.






Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers speaks at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on Thursday, November 11, 2021. The zoo has received a rare clean inspection report from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, joining just three organizations in 50-year history of accreditation, zoo officials said.




Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers and zoo president and CEO Bob Chastain were at the zoo Thursday to recognize and celebrate the achievement. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo also received its seventh consecutive five-year accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The “clean” report means there hasn’t been a single major or minor concern reported, zoo officials said.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of 242 animal exhibitors accredited by the association in the United States, according to a statement. That’s a small percentage of the more than 2,800 animal exhibitors licensed by the US Department of Agriculture.

To maintain accreditation, the zoo must apply and be inspected every five years. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has been accredited since 1983, according to a statement. The process includes a lengthy application and a multi-day on-site inspection by seasoned zoo and aquarium professionals who review 342 standards.

“Our organization is run by a series of guiding sentiments, which we call our ‘We Believe’ statements,” said Chastain. “We believe our animals deserve the best home we can give them. We believe that we can make the world a better place and that the work we do and the way we treat people is important. We believe in upholding standards that put us above reproach. “


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