journaling: The African Rift Valley exhibit opened at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in May 2003.During the building of the new exhibit many of our animals had to be moved to other zoos. Since the opening, we have enjoyed the arrival of many new animals as well as the return of most of the ones who had to be relocated. Zebras finally returned in June 2006 after an absence of over 3 years. We love to watch the antics of the meerkat troop and lion cubs, the beauty of the different African birds, and the curiosity of the Red River hogs. And of course there is the perennial favorite, feeding the hungry giraffe herd crackers up close and personal.