Open every day of the year
Summer Hours (March 1 - Nov 1)
Admissions Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Grounds close at 6 p.m.
Ages 12-64: $17
Ages 65+: $14
Ages 3-11: $12
2 and Under: Free
2015 Free Days:
11/2, 11/13, 11/19
Looking for ways to take your event to the next level? Denver Zoo offers several options to enhance and enrich your event from animal encounters to rides on the Conservation Carousel and a variety of guest souvenirs.
Give your guests a special meet and greet with some of Denver Zoo’s wild inhabitants. A variety of animals can be added to your guest list for a personal visit with your group. Availability is limited. 2 of the animals will be from list 1 and 2 of the animals will be from list 2. This event enhancement is limited, please inquire for availability.
$350 for 2 Zoo staff members and 4 animal ambassadors (2 animals will be from list 1 and 2 animals will be from list 2)
$250 for 2 Zoo volunteers and 4 animal ambassadors (all animals will be from list 1)
*Due to animal availability, we cannot grant specific animal requests. Animal visitors may include any of the following:
Enjoy an exclusive presentation featuring a Denver Zoo elephant and their zookeeper. Your group will get to learn about the largest living land mammal in the world in this up-close, private demonstration.
Seated Capacity: 450 Guests
* Please note this can only be rented during a Zoo buyout or if your event is located in the Toyota Elephant Passage Zone.
Add a private, behind-the-scenes close-up experience with the lions, hyenas or wild dogs to your event. Find out how zookeepers monitor their health and keep them engaged and active every day.
Standing Capacity: 60
* Please note this can only be rented during a Zoo buyout or if your event is located in the Conoco Zoo Gardens/Norgren Hall/Samburu Patio Zone
Enjoy a private performance of Denver Zoo’s Sea Lion Show. Your guests will get to watch these playful pinniped predators strut their stuff for the crowd.
Standing Capacity: 150
* Please note this can only be rented during a Zoo buyout or if your event is located in the Northern Shores Zone.
Take a ride on the Wild Side! Climb aboard the Pioneer Train at Denver Zoo. Perfect for families with little ones, the train offers a quick trip around the zoo’s carousel meadow filled with beautiful lush foliage, under the shade of 100-year-old trees. Hop aboard and enjoy seeing our American and Chilean flamingos and other waterfowl just outside the zoo’s Primate Panorama exhibit. Denver Zoo’s Pioneer Train is the first natural gas-powered zoo train in any zoo in the United States. You can also take a trip around the animal world on Denver Zoo's Endangered Species Carousel! It features hand-carved wooden replicas of some of Denver's most popular residents including a polar bear mom and cubs, giraffes, okapi and baby gorilla.
Make arrangements with our Catering Department, to have these attractions open during your event. See catering menu for pricing (pdf).
Please note these can only be rented during a Zoo buyout or if your event is located in the Conoco Zoo Gardens Zone or Primate Panorama zone and is rented first come first serve if both zones are rented.
Make sure to ask about zoomazing giveaways for your guests. Our Kibongi Market offers a wide variety of unique gifts from jewelry to gift baskets and much more and will be sure to delight all of your guests. Don’t forget to add on creature cash for your event. Guests can use creature cash to purchase food items, Lorikeet Adventure nectar, souvenirs and rides on the train and carousel. Please call our Catering Department at 720-337-1472 for more information.
What unzoosual things can you find? We will send you off in the zoo to hunt and gather clues. We provide the clue sheets, pencils and a prize to be awarded to the wise owls who find them the quickest. Hunts are made to be done in teams and all materials are distributed the day of your event. Hunts generally run between 1-1.5 hours to complete.
Rate: $1.50 per person