Flat Brutus Week Part 3: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Mayzie: Hi everybuddy! My mom and me laughed and laughed at some of the comments you left on yesterday’s Wordless Wednesday. Now, we knows that alcohols is bad for real, three dimensional doggies. But remember how the rules don’t applies to two-dimensional, laminated doggies. Which means that Flat Brutus can drink a whole lotta margaritas and not even get even a little bit tipsy. It’s really Most Amazing to see.

Okay, so’s we last left you when we were at that Broadmoor place. Well, the next place we went to was just up the road and it was called the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

This place has like a million trillion animals in it but guess what??? They don’t allow doggies! Now, seriouslys! How super crazy is that? So we just kinda walked around the outside of the Zoo and Brudder Ranger told Flat Brutus all abouts the history of this place.

Um, and now Brudder Ranger will re-enact a little bit of what he told FB. You ready? Cuz here he is!

Ranger: Thank you, Mayzie. Ahem. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the country’s only mountain zoo. It was a gift to the city of Colorado Springs from Spencer Penrose, who we discussed earlier when we spoke about the Broadmoor.

Mr. Penrose received a bear as a gift in 1916. Obviously Mr. Penrose was one of those gentlemen who posed that age-old dilemma of “what do you get the man who has everything.” Apparently, the answer is a bear.

Spencer Penrose. The man had everything. Including very large hats.

That began a passion for collecting animals and each year, Mr. Penrose would add to his collection that soon included an elephant, a 12-foot boa constrictor, fox, deer and elk. Mr. Penrose’s animal collection was housed at his Turkey Creek Ranch as well as at The Broadmoor Hotel in pens and cages located in front on the Golf Club and along the golf course itself.

In 1925, Mr. Penrose completed the highway up the eastern face on Cheyenne Mountain that leads to the Lodge at the summit. To promote use of the road, Mr. Penrose relocated his elk, bears and deer to the side of Cheyenne Mountain and founded Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in 1926.

FB outside the Zoo entrance.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of only a few accredited zoos in the country that does not receive any tax support. It is funded entirely by private donations and grants. It is also home to the largest herd of captive reticulated giraffes in the world. They even have a giraffe cam if you care to take a look.

Courtesy of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

In addition, they also appear to have an ongoing problem with naked mole rats, as this sign so disturbingly warns visitors. (I have yet to figure out why they are wearing British Beefeater hats.)

If there's anything worse than a rat, it's a naked mole rat!

Of course, being a Rat Terrier, it is my sworn duty to protect citizens from the scourge of rats – naked or clothed. Therefore, I promptly offered my services to the human at the gate but she rambled some story about them being part of a special exhibit. I suspect she was being held hostage by one of these little demons but I was unable to convince mother or dad to call the authorities. So I left her my card and told her to call me if she was in need of my services.

Mayzie: Oh! Don’t forgets to tell them about the little train engine!

Ranger: Yes, yes…thank you, dear sister. It almost slipped my mind.

As we were exiting the Zoo, we noticed this engine sitting near the entrance. FB immediately suggested we inquire about its origins and of course we obliged.

This was the engine of a train called “The Mountaineer” which ran round trip from The Broadmoor to the Zoo from 1950-1974.

Mayzie: Whoa! Seriouslys? That was like 176 years ago! So anyways, this little engine was made by a company called Cat-a-lack and FB said that he’d always wanted to drive a Cat-a-lack ever since he was with Fiona’s wild and crazy family and gots to drive a race car. So…

All aboard for the Flat Brutus Express! Choo! Choo!

After that, he thought it would be Most Fun to ride on the front. I founds this to be a bit dangerous but you know FB. He’s very much the dare-devil. Besides, he said that he was already flat so what could happen?


Once Flat Brutus was safely off the train and back into our truck, we were off lickety-split to our next destination!

To be continued…



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29 responses to “Flat Brutus Week Part 3: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

  1. This is a most exciting adventure!! Where will FB go next?!? Brudder Ranger is a very thorough tour guide!


  2. Mayzie you and the Mom and Dad are showing Flat Brutus one fine time in Collie-rado. I bet you are going to have a very difficult time getting him back in to his envelope!!! WE love the naked mole rat. LOL
    Madi and Mom

  3. You thinks you might ables to send me one of those nekkid rats? You know, just to plays with …and stuffs. I thinks that would be awfully fun…he he!!!
    Ya’ll is really da bestest tour guides. Hey, maybe ya’ll coulds get a job on that travel channel.
    Oh, I wonders if that tran comes through on my track….hmmmmm, I wonders wonders wonders.

  4. Mayzie,

    You are sure showing Flat Brutus a great time! He won’t wants to leave you….I know I wouldn’t. 🙂

    Woofs and Licks,
    Cuzin Maggie Mae

  5. Frankie Furter

    Brudder Ranger… you are a wonderful common tater. That is the bestest description of a zoo I have ever seen.
    Nekkid Mole Rats… OMD OMD OMD I hope they don’t S cape and invade our world.
    That is a grrrreat train. ANY train that LACKS Cats has gotta be good. Right???
    You and Mayzie are surely showing FB… AND US… what a grrreat area you live in. Thanks!!

  6. We is thinkin’ that FB adds a certain Jenny Say Qua to that train.


  7. Woof! Woof! FUN adventure … lots of suspense for more. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  8. That guy sure had a lot of animals. And I thought having 2 pitbulls was alot.

  9. miss mayzie,
    it’s a good thingie that flat brutus wasn’t too schnookered up and was able to make it to the zoo with ya’ll! tell your brother thanks bunches for the informational about the zoo. they have tons ‘n tons of giraffes there, and they are HOOGE!
    oh, and i’d be most honored to give my most prettiest girlfriend a soccer lesson. i’m on my way to collie-rado! 🙂 🙂 🙂
    the booker man

  10. You really are showing Flat Brutus all you have to offer in Collyrado! We doubt he will ever want to return.
    Be sure and send him recorded delivery – it would be too bad if he went missing in the post after his very cool trip.
    Martha and Bailey xx

  11. You are definitely showing FB a great time! When do we get a visit?!


    Mr. Nubbin’

  12. That looks like just the coolest zoo! I am definitely, for sure going to have nightmares about naked animals with hats now, though! Good heaven, that thing is ugly! I made the mistake of biggifying the picture. *shudder* I can’t imagine what other crazy adventures you have in store for Flat Brutus!

    I’m glad you enjoyed the story about Treat this morning! It kind of makes me wish we had a cat now so I could try it out, but Dad is firmly against the idea.


  13. Looks like you and Flat Brutus had a BIG day at the zoo!

    Woofs and Kisses!
    The Fiesty Three

  14. I’m thinking FB won’t want to leave KholWOOrado!

    I know I wouldn’t!


  15. Hey Mayzie, Flat Brutus is going to want to move in their permanently with all the fun he is having. We think it stinks that dogs couldn’t go to the zoo, doesn’t make a lot of sense to us. And that train ride looked like a blast – we can’t believe where FB chose to ride – he is quite the little daredevil.

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  16. yeah nice car flat brutus

    El’bow & Hauwii

  17. Kendra, Daisy and Bella

    We’re not allowed in our zoo either…..NOT FAIR. But we only have rabbits and kangaroos running wild in our zoo. Those naked rats sound icky….don’t they get cold in Colly rod oh?
    Flat Brutus is getting the GRAND TOUR. You’d better see that he gets some rest.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  18. This is one heck of an adventure that FB is having.. Fun following him.. HUgs GJ x

  19. You two could write travel brochures. You have me dying to go to this zoo. Unfortunately, I’m not allowed. But you paint a wonderful word picture of it and we did check out the giraffe cam and it’s pawsome. Flat Brutus continues to live large.

    wags, Lola

  20. Wow, very neat to see that train engine. My Grandpa used to work on the railroad and we miss him dearly so anytime we see trains it always makes us smile and think of him.

  21. Hi Mayzie! We got so behind we had to catch up on all the fun you have been having with Flat Brutus – and it looks like it has been awesome! We had a similar experience when Moo and Baa came to visit (they are friends of Mollie Jo and Bobo – and how we met Mollie Jo and Bobo too). We totally understand about the special rules – they apply to traveling stuffies too. So we were not surprised at all that FB had a margarita! It sounds like you have had a ton of fun with him – and that zoo sounds pretty cool We are going to have mom show us the webcam! And boy, that train engine looked really cool – and we love that is is made by cat-a-lack!

  22. Very interesting story. We’ve never though of giving anyone a bear? Be safe and watch out for those naked mole rats. Stick close to Ranger.

  23. You are taking FB to a pawesome places!
    I am sure he will not want to leave you!
    Kisses and hugs

  24. hello mayzie its dennis the vizsla dog oh hay wow that guy shoor cud rock a hat!!! he had weerd tayste in pets tho!!! ok bye

  25. Way cool Zoo Mayzie and Ranger. Thanks for the tour!!

    Smileys and Snuggles!
    Dory, Bilbo and Jacob

  26. Another grrreat (and eductional) outing for Flat Brutus! Wow, Brudder Ranger, how’d you get so smart??

    That Mr. Penrose guy was pretty ecentric – good thing he didn’t try to add a Frenchie to his collection! The nekkid mole rats pretty much freak me out, even if they weren’t wearing hats…. And that train reminds me of a shoe (old-school Converse-like).

    You guys are really knocking yourselves out with Flat Brutus! You won’t know what to do with yourselves once he leaves!

    Brutus the Frenchie

  27. OMG Momma loves Giraffes – she collects them and they are all over the house. I think she loves tall things – Giraffes , Danes, Dad. BOL.

    woof – Tucker

  28. what an adventure he has gone on!

  29. What a wonderful time you are showing Flat Brutus! How FUN!!!

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