Welcome to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I spend a lot of time at this zoo thanks to an annual family pass. I have discovered that the animals aren't the only things of interest at this zoo, there are many facinating structures through out the grounds.
I am not entirely sure the identity of this building near the entrance of the the zoo so I just call it the caretakers cottage. Each time I visit it is carpeted by a thicker growth of vines.
'My Big Back Yard' is a petting zoo within the zoo which allows visitors some hands on with barn yard creatures. Goats, chickens, turkey and rabbits eagerly greet visitors to their homes.
When I first visited the zoo nearly 12 years ago, the zoo was full of wire and concrete cages and it broke my heart to see the animals pacing back and forth from within their confines. The zoo has undergone amazing renovations but there are still remnants of the old zoo. This cage in particular concerns me. You can't see from this angle, but hiding behind the curtain of overgrowth is our national bird, the bald eagle.
This is one of the newer exhibits, the Asian Highlands. It houses the Siberian tigers, a pair of leopards and a few varieties of bears. The enclosures are open at the top and large glass windows peer into the a natural habitat that includes running streams.
I was trying to get the side of the gift shop breezeway to frame the landscape outside when my son Art ran past. I was finally able to get the shot I wanted, but decided that this accidently exposure was more interesting.