Men's Soccer Performs Service, Feeds Giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

By Jared Verner published August 27, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs men's soccer team assisted in projects at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo before experiencing different exhibits to wrap up the preseason workouts on Sunday afternoon.

After a departmental meeting in the morning with all student-athletes, the men's soccer team members assisted zoo staff in various projects in the early afternoon. The Mountain Lions assisted in preparing animal areas moving and spreading hay, and making treats and meals for the different animals in the zoo.

Student-athletes and team staff observed the feeding of the mountain lions before hand-feeding members of the zoo's giraffe herd to finish the trip. Some student-athletes used creative ways to feed the giraffes, including holding the treat in their teeth or near a teammate's neck as the giraffe's 18-20 inch tongue reached for the treat.

Sunday marked the second year that the UCCS men's soccer team performed service and participated in the feeding of the Mountain Lions at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. One of two mountainside zoos in the United States, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on admission revenue, sponsorships and grants, and donations  to support operations and expansions, among other revenue sources.

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