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Backstage Experience

Are you looking for the ultimate Animal Adventure for yourself, your family or some special friends? If so, the Backstage Experience at Denver Zoo is a must! In addition to the many amazing animals you will meet behind the scenes, your knowledgeable host will point out the unique features of our award-winning exhibits and tell personal stories about the animals that call Denver Zoo home. You will leave feeling like an insider, with memories to last a lifetime.

Come experience the zoo that most guests will never see. Your exclusive access takes you behind the scenes, up close and hands-on! Your private tour guide will escort you through our Education animal collection where you might touch a turtle, spend time with snakes, laugh with a kookaburra or be tickled by a tamandua’s tongue! Participate in a feeding or training demonstration and learn how the keepers provide excellent care for such a diverse collection. Then prepare to be dazzled by the stars of our summer Wildlife Show, including colorful parrots, majestic raptors, man’s best friend and even an African serval! Finish your tour in Tropical Discovery, home to all things slithery, slimy and scaly. Here you may come face to face with a komodo dragon, take a birds’-eye look at our 16,000- gallon Pacific Reef tank, or meet a frog thought to be extinct in the wild.

Your Backstage Experience package also includes:

  • Admission to the Zoo
  • One carousel token per participant
  • Group photograph
  • Souvenir sticker


Adults and children 3 years and older who would love an insider’s look at some of the zoo’s most popular attractions! 


Backstage Experiences are available most Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Call early for best selection! Preregistration and five days’ notice required. Only one Backstage Experience can be offered on a given day, and are subject to staff availability.


Tour from 9:00 a.m.−12:00 p.m., then enjoy the zoo at your leisure! 


$150 per person. Maximum group size is eight.

What to wear

Closed-toed shoes, a comfortable shirt and pants or shorts. Dress for the weather! Portions of the tour will be held outside regardless of weather conditions.

What to bring

Your signed confirmation sheet and a camera (photo opportunities will be provided).

How to register

Please call 720-337-1541 to register or for more information about the program.

Cancellation fees

A cancellation fee of 50 percent will be charged for cancelling with less than two weeks notice. A cancellation fee of 100 percent will be charged for a missed program. 

Backstage Experience makes a great gift! Gift certificates are available. Call today for best availability!

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