Event fundraising

Tails & Tunes event brings adult fun to CMZoo

COLORADO SPRINGS — Cheyenne Mountain Zoo stayed open late Thursday night for the Tails and Tunes fundraising event.

The event is open to adults 21 and older to come explore the zoo and listen to local bands.

“It’s a special adult-only night at the zoo,” said Rachel Wright, public relations manager at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. “We have five local musicians throughout the zoo, you can visit your favorite animals which you could add on a horseback riding ticket.”

Proceeds from the event will support the zoo’s animals and conservation efforts.

“Spend that money at the zoo, you’re supporting us and our conservation efforts,” Wright said. “We are a non-profit organization that does not receive tax assistance, so we really depend on these events to continue to fund zoo operations, this excellent animal care that everyone expects of us.”

Featured bands include Red Moon Rounder, Melissa Crispo, Manitou Strings, Ryan Flores and Back Stage People.

“They’re all from here, so it’s a great way to get exposure to local musicians you might not have heard before,” Wright said.

Tails and Tunes visitor Michelle Brown said the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a special place in Colorado Springs.

“The zoo means a connection to Colorado Springs to me,” Brown said. “It’s something I’m very proud of and I always tell people to come here.”

Tickets for the event include entry to the zoo and two drink tickets. Small plates are also available for purchase throughout the event.

Two other Tails & Tunes events will take place on August 25 and September 29. You can purchase a ticket for these upcoming dates. on line.