McGrath Family Amphitheater
11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Stingray Cove is a new open-air interactive experience that allows you to get up-close and personal with four beautiful species of sea life. Inspired by the unique landscape and vibrant culture of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, this permanent seasonal open-air exhibit gives you the chance to touch and feed gentle cownose and southern stingrays as they swoop and glide freely around the 15,000-gallon tank they share with peaceful bamboo and bonnethead sharks.
As with all animals at Denver Zoo, our stingrays and sharks always have a choice about interacting with guests—so the exhibit is designed with special “quiet zones” in which they can seek privacy whenever they wish. In collaboration with Living Exhibits, our world-class Animal Care team closely monitors the animals for optimal health and happiness. And here’s another “fin fact”: the seafood our sharks and stingrays receive is high-enough quality to go on your plate!
Stingray Cove’s colorful beating heart is a mural imagined and created by Colorado-based Mexican artist Armando Silva. The mural’s central image, a loggerhead turtle—a species native to Baja, which can support more than 100 marine species within the microcosm of its shell—is a metaphor for our own shared responsibility for wildlife protection. This vibrant visual ofrenda (offering) honors the beautiful blended textures of our mestizaje (mixed heritage) while inviting our cultures and communities to come together in service of this beautiful planet we share.
How do I get tickets for Stingray Cove™?
First, reserve your Denver Zoo ticket online. Then, add the Stingray Cove™ experience to your visit when you arrive at the Zoo—the $5 fee includes entry to the exhibit and one piece of food. Children two and under are free with an adult.
What if I already purchased Denver Zoo tickets, but did not happen to buy tickets for the Stingray Cove™ experience?
If you currently hold Zoo admission tickets and would like to add this experience to your visit, you can still purchase your $5 Stingray Cove™ tickets at the Zoo the day of your visit.
Can You Feed the Stingrays at Denver Zoo?
Yes, the $5 admission fee includes exhibit entry + one piece of food.
When is Stingray Cove™ Open?
Stingray Cove™ will be open through October 31, during regular admission hours.
Where is Stingray Cove™ Located?
Stingray Cove™ is located toward the end of our one-way path, across from the Grevy’s zebra habitat. Be sure to say hello to our new zebra baby, Kylo!
Toyota Elephant Passage features two miles of interconnected trails on 10 acres of varied terrain and is one of the largest and most-complex elephant habitats in North America. Asian elephants, greater one-horned rhinos and Malayan tapirs can rotate among five unique, abundant habitats with a sixth yard exclusively for the tapirs. Mud wallows, scratching trees, shade structures and more than one million gallons of water for swimming and bathing have been developed to ensure active and healthy animals.
Visitors are able to explore and discover the rich history of animals in Asian culture, their complicated relationship with humans and the efforts of Denver Zoo and colleagues to protect their future. Toyota Elephant Passage is separated into three distinct sections: The Chang Pa Wildlife Preserve, The Schoelzel Family Village and the Village Outpost, each reflecting a different area in tropical Asia – an animal preserve, an urban center, and a rural village.
McGrath Family Amphitheater
11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Harmony Hill offers more than the bear necessities for animals and guests! It is an immersive exhibit comprised of two parts: Harmony Hill State Park, which is designed to evoke recreating, camping, and hiking as you would when visiting one of our state or national parks; and Harmony Hill Neighborhood, which mimics a neighborhood backyard and highlights the actions people should take to deter bears from entering human areas.
You’ll find Easter eggs throughout the exhibit, like footprints and other evidence of bears that you might find in the wild. Harmony Hill also features a “working wall” that animal care staff can use for daily training sessions that benefit both the animals and guests.
Both sides of Harmony Hill are designed with the bears’ needs in mind, and provide plenty of opportunities for them to exercise their natural behaviors.
Tiger talk: 3:00 pm
The Edge, brings you closer than ever to the Zoo’s Amur tigers. It features multiple yards and connecting bridges that allow tigers to stride 12 feet over guests’ heads, and a viewing area with a perforated wall that brings visitors mere inches from these magnificent creatures! This allows for unique interactions as guests are able to hear, and even smell, the tigers through the mesh.
Located on almost a full acre of the Zoo's campus, The Edge increased the tigers’ outdoor space by almost 50 percent. The yard mimics their natural habitat with a dozen 120-year-old pine trees to provide shade, as well as large pools to keep them cool and provide enrichment.
Step into Denver Zoo and find yourself in Africa! Predator Ridge is an award-winning exhibit where guests can meander through rock outcroppings and native brush to experience lions, hyenas and African wild dogs. The exhibit has set standards for both visitor and animal care expectations for zoos around the world. With rotational yards, different species may be seen in the exhibit at different times which allows animals to rotate through multiple habitats, stimulating their minds, expanding their experiences and providing important exercise opportunities.
Africa’s Greatest Predators: Pahali Ya Simba
Daily at 2:00 p.m.
Immerse yourself in the seven-acre habitat for Denver Zoo’s apes, monkeys, and lemurs. Tree-dwelling monkeys delight in the open-air wire mesh tents that soar four stories high and cover more than an acre of ground. Inside these tents, the monkeys play and climb on twisting vines, and drink from the cool streams.
The gorillas and orangutans roam freely in their separate one-acre exhibits, climbing ropes and taking afternoon hammock naps in one of the most expansive great ape habitats in the world.
With nearly 300 species and nearly 1,800 individual animals, Tropical Discovery is truly a magical journey into the jungle. And thanks to pulsed entry and frequent sanitation in all of our indoor experiences, you can continue to enjoy the magic of the rainforest, right here in Denver! Discover a balmy world of biodiversity, including a fascinating bat cave, a brilliant array of reef-dwelling fish, a host of slithery snakes, the tiniest tree frogs, large reptiles like Komodo dragons and Daphne the Siamese crocodile—at 60, Denver Zoo’s oldest family member—PLUS our resident “rodent of unusual size,” Rodrigo the capybara.
Northern Shores brings the wonders of aquatic life to Denver. Home to popular daily California sea lion demonstrations, this exhibit showcases their slick swimming skills. Underwater viewing is available to fascinate children and adults alike.
Sea Lion Demonstration
Northern Shores Sea Lion Pool
10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Since the opening of Toyota Elephant Passage—which moved our Asian elephant bachelor herd and greater one-horned rhinos to a new multi-species habitat—Mahali the hippo and Rudy the black rhino have had their exhibit mostly to themselves. Now, with only our cinereous and Eurasian black vultures to compete for their fans’ attention, these two princely pachyderms are kings of their respective hills! Visit Mahali as he frolics in his pool, or enjoys a cooling wallow in the mud. And don’t miss seeing Rudy as he explores his spacious and shady new yard, which recently underwent some exciting rhino-vations.
Upon completion, the new animal hospital’s treatment rooms will feature public viewing areas so guests can watch veterinary staff administering medical treatments or performing routine procedures on animals of all sizes.
We’re building a new animal hospital with more room for our patients with modern technology so our veterinary teams can provide the best medical care possible. Learn more about this important new Denver Zoo addition that’s been years in the making, by clicking the link below.
Together, we can navigate the changes that help us to keep our doors—and especially our hearts—open in this new world. For a complete list of on-campus updates we’ve made to keep you, our employees and our animals safe, please click the button below.