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Animal Adventures

Explore Denver Zoo like never before!

If you’ve ever dreamed of getting nose to beak with a penguin, smelling the fish on a sea lion’s breath, seeing the world from a giraffe’s point of view or getting the insider's scoop on elephants, then Animal Adventures at Denver Zoo are for you. 

Animal Adventures provides guests with a one of a kind experience by combining up-close animal encounters, intimate keeper interactions and guided tours. Three unique types of adventures are available (MEET AND GREET, ENCOUNTER, EXPERIENCE) with a variety of animal ambassadors. 

 

 

 

 

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Animal Meet and Greets

Meet and Greet adventures are entertaining 30 minute programs featuring a guided tour through part of the zoo, behind the scenes access, question and answer session with animal care staff and an up-close encounter with one of Denver Zoo’s amazing animals as part of a small group. Guests will get an insider’s point of view on how Denver Zoo provides world-class care to its animals and how we protect them in the wild.

Duration

30 Minutes

Cost

$45/Guest

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Sea Lion Meet and Greet

Things are about to get fishy! Have an up-close encounter with Denver Zoo’s fun flippered friends, the sea lions. During up-close encounters with sea lions and intimate conversations with animal care staff, watch as their personalities overshadow their fishy breath and find a way in to your heart. 

Your Adventure Also Includes:

  • Digital Photo
  • Carousel Token

Who

Guests 8 years of age and older

Duration

30 Minutes

When

December - March
10:45 a.m. or 2:45 p.m.

This program is not available at this time. Fill out this form and we'll send you a reminder when it becomes available.

Cost

$45/Guest

Restrictions

  • Program fee does not include zoo admission. Admission tickets must be purchased separately.
  • Program participants must be 8 years of age or older.
  • Program participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Program will occur rain or shine.
  • You must check in at Guest Services 15 minutes prior to the start time of your adventure.  The behind the scenes nature of this experience makes joining the group late not possible.
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Giraffe Meet and Greet

Get heads and shoulders above the rest and have a face to face encounter with Denver Zoo’s giraffes! Hand feed the Zoo’s tallest residents from an elevated platform and learn more about each giraffe from the animal care staff who know them best.

Your Adventure Also Includes:

  • Digital Photo
  • Carousel Token

Who

All Ages

Duration

30 Minutes

When

April – May
October – November
11 a.m.

Cost

$45/Guest

Restrictions

  • Program fee does not include zoo admission. Admission tickets must be purchased separately.
  • Program participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • This adventure is for guests of all ages, but, each person attending must be a registered attendee. For every three children under the age of 16 registered there must be one registered adult accompanying children.
  • Program will occur rain or shine.
  • You must check in at Guest Services 15 minutes prior to the start time of your adventure.  The behind the scenes nature of this experience makes joining the group late not possible.

 

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Animal Encounters

Animal Encounters are in-depth 60 minute programs featuring a guided tour through part of the Zoo, behind the scenes access, question and answer session with animal care staff and an up-close encounter with one of Denver Zoo’s amazing animals as part of a small group. Guests will get an insider’s point of view on how Denver Zoo provides world-class care to its animals and how we protect them in the wild.

Duration

60 Minutes

Cost

$60-$95/Guest

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Penguin Encounter

Are you passionate about penguins? Start your encounter with a guided tour through Bird World presented by Frontier Airlines and get a behind-the-scenes peek at how Denver Zoo cares for hundreds of birds. Spend some time in the kitchen as animal care staff prepare diets and help feed a variety of the Zoo’s fine feathered friends. For the grand finale waddle your way into the world of penguins to interact with one of these loveable creatures and hear from one of our animal care experts about what it takes to care for these unique birds.

Your Adventure Also Includes:

  • Digital Photo
  • Carousel Token

Who

Guests 8 years of age and older

Duration

60 Minutes

When

January – February
May – June
September - October
2:15 p.m.

Cost

$60/Guest

Restrictions

  • Program fee does not include zoo admission. Admission tickets must be purchased separately.
  • Program participants must be 8 years of age or older.
  • Program participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Program will occur rain or shine.
  • You must check in at Guest Services 15 minutes prior to the start time of your adventure.  The behind the scenes nature of this experience makes joining the group late not possible.

Register Now

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Elephant Encounter

Get to know Denver Zoo’s beloved elephants in an intimate way. Discover a different side of Denver Zoo’s newest exhibit Toyota Elephant Passage from behind the scenes and get up close and personal with one of these incredible pachyderms. Learn some insider knowledge with the animal care staff that care for these unique, charismatic creatures every day.

Your Adventure Also Includes:

  • Digital Photo
  • Carousel Token

Who

Guests 12 years of age and older

Duration

60 Minutes

When

March – April
November – December
2:30 p.m.

This program is not available at this time. Fill out this form and we'll send you a reminder when it becomes available.

Cost

$95/Guest

Restrictions

  • Program fee does not include zoo admission. Admission tickets must be purchased separately.
  • Program participants must be 8 years of age or older.
  • Program participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Program will occur rain or shine.
  • You must check in at Guest Services 15 minutes prior to the start time of your adventure.  The behind the scenes nature of this experience makes joining the group late not possible.
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Animal Experiences

Are you looking for the ultimate Animal Adventure for yourself, your family or some special friends? If so, one of our Animal Experiences 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.

Duration

1 - 3 Hours

Cost

$95 - $350

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BACKSTAGE EXPERIENCE JUNIOR

1.5 Hours

Are you interested in the exclusive access provided by our Backstage Experience adventure but concerned that three hours is just a bit too long for your group? This streamlined version hits many of the same high points and is perfect for groups with younger children!

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! Lots of up-close encounters wrap up with a fun feeding or training demonstration. Then it’s off to meet the stars of our summer Wildlife Show, where parrots, birds of prey, and mammals both prickly and cuddly will strut their stuff! When the entertainment wraps up there, you are free to enjoy the zoo at your leisure.

Restrictions

  • Program participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Program will occur rain or shine.
  • You must check in at Guest Services 15 minutes prior to the start time of your adventure.  The behind the scenes nature of this experience makes joining the group late not possible.

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BACKSTAGE EXPERIENCE

3 Hours

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.

Restrictions

  • Program participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Program will occur rain or shine.
  • You must check in at Guest Services 15 minutes prior to the start time of your adventure.  The behind the scenes nature of this experience makes joining the group late not possible.

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ANIMAL CARE AND TRAINING EXPERIENCE

3 Hours

Bring your enthusiasm for animals and your interest in learning about zoo keeping with you for this unique animal experience! Participants will meet a zookeeper from our education animal division and begin the day with behind the scenes tours.  After the tour, participants will learn all about what it takes to care for and train these very amazing animals by participating in two or more of the following activities:

  • Preparing animal diets

  • Helping to weigh and care for animals

  • Taking part in animal training

  • Assisting with animal demonstrations or shows

  • And of course, everyone’s favorite - cleaning!

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