Orphaned Alaska moose calf coming to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

A moose calf that was orphaned just days after it was born will soon call Colorado Springs home.
8-week-old Alaska moose calf. Photo courtesy the Alaska Zoo.
8-week-old Alaska moose calf. Photo courtesy the Alaska Zoo.(Alaska Zoo)
Published: Jul. 13, 2020 at 6:58 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A moose calf that was orphaned just days after it was born will soon call Colorado Springs home.

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo announced the now 8-week-old male calf is scheduled to arrive in Colorado on Wednesday. Tragically, the animal’s mother was involved in what the zoo described as a “fatal human-wildlife” conflict. Since the animal lost its mother, it has been in the care of the Alaska Zoo.

“People have seen an increase in activity in the moose yard, over the past several days, as we prep it for the calf’s arrival,” said Rebecca Zwicker, Rocky Mountain Wild animal care manager. “Our guests have been really curious about the updates we’re making in the moose yard, so we’re excited to share this announcement. While we’ve been in the yard, ‘babyproofing,’ we’ve had some wonderful interactions with guests sharing condolences and stories of how Tahoma touched them. It’s clear that Tahoma’s legacy is in place. He touched a lot of hearts, young and old. This little guy has some big hooves to fill, but from what we hear from his keepers at Alaska Zoo, he’s up to the task.”

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of only eight Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited institutions in the United States to house moose.

8-Week-Old Alaska Moose Comes to CMZoo

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is excitedly making preparations for the newest resident of Rocky Mountain Wild -- an 8-week-old male Alaska moose, due to arrive this Wednesday. The big-eyed, light brown, long-legged calf was orphaned at about six days old outside of Anchorage, Alaska, when his mother was involved in a fatal human-wildlife conflict. He has since been in the care of The Alaska Zoo. Moose are extremely rare in zoos, and this arrival comes only two months after the loss of the Zoo’s beloved 12-year-old Canada moose, Tahoma. Two CMZoo staff members are on their way to Alaska Zoo to meet the little calf and transport him home. Starting Tuesday, July 14, CMZoo will share updates of the team’s travels as they make their way home to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Moose fans everywhere can witness the young moose’s journey home on Tuesday and Wednesday via Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Facebook and YouTube channels. Read the full story, here:

Posted by Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on Sunday, July 12, 2020

Click here to read more about the zoo’s new addition.

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