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Ambassador Animal Encounter


30 minutes

Come meet our Animal Ambassadors during an Up-Close Animal Encounter! You’ll get face-to-face with some of our animal ambassadors, like an anteater or a tortoise. There are over 90 animals for the keepers to choose from, so you never know who you're going to meet! Spend time with our animal care staff as they show you what it takes to care for some of the animals that call Denver Zoo home. The Animal Ambassador Encounter is an interactive and hands-on tour that’s great for all-ages! 

Your Encounter Also Includes:

  • One digital group photo
  • Souvenir sticker


Guests of all ages


This program is typically offered in the fall. Click below on the register now button for available dates and times.




  • This encounter is open to guests of all ages.  Please purchase an encounter ticket for children ages 1 and older.  
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paid participant that is 16 years of age or older. 
  • Program registration does not include admission to Denver Zoo- admission tickets must be purchased separately.  Purchasing zoo admission, in addtion to an encounter ticket, is not required for children under 3.
  • Ambassador Animal Encounter will occur rain or shine.
  • Denver Zoo reserves the right to re-route or cancel any tour due to animal health or safety concerns. In the event of cancellation, efforts will be made to reschedule you on a later date.
  • Cancellation Policy: A cancellation fee of 50% will be charged for cancelling with less than two weeks’ notice. A cancellation fee of 100% will be charged for a missed adventure.
  • You must check in at Guest Services 15 minutes prior to the start time of your encounter. The behind the scenes nature of this experience makes joining the group late not possible.
  • There is limited access for service animals in the behind-the-scenes areas. Please call 720-337-1400 to confirm.