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Denver Zoo

Commitment to Animals Across the Globe

Denver Zoo is a leader in animal care and visitor experience. We are passionate about our commitment to excellence in support of our mission:

Secure a Better World For Animals
Through Human Understanding

We provide extraordinary experiences every day for our animals and visitors and our core values are evident in everything we do:

Protect • Honor • Innovate • Engage • Empower • Serve


A Zoo is Born

The Early Years of Denver Zoo

It all began with a special gift to the mayor of Denver, a black bear cub that came to live at City Park. Early visitors to the growing zoo enjoyed watching animals like monkeys, elk, bison and birds. With the opening of Bear Mountain in 1918 Denver Zoo became the first American institution to benefit from Carl Hagenbeck’s revolutionary zoo concept, that people should see animals at eye level in natural habitats without bars or fences. This ground-breaking exhibit features artificial rock formations produced using plaster casts from natural cliffs near Morrison, Colorado and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The Annual Report

Learn more about Denver Zoo! Each year’s annual report reflects important information about the operation of the zoo including the people, the animals, donors and details on the financial health of our organization.

View a listing of Denver Zoo's Board of Trustees.


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A Leader in the Industry

Denver Zoo’s Mark in History

Denver Zoo is constantly striving to be the best at what we do, and we are honored to be recognized for the excellent work we do every day. We are thankful for being recognized for the following awards and recognitions.

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Email Newsletter


The Zoo News Bulletin gives quick, timely updates on what's happening at the zoo. We respect your desire for privacy and want to make you aware that Denver Zoo's e-mail database is used solely for the dissemination of zoo information. Denver Zoo will not sell, trade or share your information in any way.

The Educator Bulletin updates teachers, students and interested vistors in upcoming zoo educational events and news. 

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Membership Publication Archives




Denver Zoo has created a new Master Plan to guide the future of the Zoo. This plan aligns with the Denver Zoo mission, vision, values and strategic imperatives.  We hope our new ideas will help every guest leave our campus feeling they have gained something – knowledge, inspiration, connection. 

Not only does it contain the map for Denver Zoo’s future, it also shares a vision of Denver Zoo’s role in supporting our local and international community in an ever-changing world. 

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