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Through the unique opportunity to experience wildlife up close, right in the heart of our urban Mile High City, Denver Zoo opens hearts and minds to the wonders of nature. In order to do this effectively and sustainably, we must strike a delicate balance between leading-edge animal care and a world-class guest experience.

Admittedly, our standards are higher than most. We’re proud to be among just 10% of zoos in the world to meet the exacting criteria for accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. In addition to this achievement, we’re a top-performing Zoo by almost every operational measure-size of animal residency, species diversity, annual attendance, operational excellence, conservation and sustainability.

Our world-class guest experience is made possible by continuous improvements to our animal habitats, animal care, and overall campus.

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Top-Notch Animal Care, Made Possible By You:

Animal Habitats

New animal habitats are thoughtfully designed to provide the best possible environment for their residents:

 A comfortable and appropriate space

  Keeper access and efficiency for care

  Flexibility for the use of space

  Energy efficiency and water-wise designs

  Water and pollinator friendly plantings

  Landscape that is safe for animals to contact

  Overall animal and guest safety

Animal Care

Our dedicated Animal Care Specialists care deeply about providing an outstanding life and home for the animals in our care:

  Custom nutrition plans for each animal

  Restaurant grade produce and ingredients sourced from local producers

  Board certified veterinarians and animal technicians

  Whole life care and wellness

  Daily enrichment and socialization to promote natural behaviors

  Behavioral and animal husbandry specialists


Support More Top Notch Care

What Does the Future of our WILD Zoo Look Like?

Our Into the Great Wild Open comprehensive fundraising campaign represents the largest Denver Zoo investment in new exhibits and infrastructure projects since Toyota Elephant Passage in 2012.

Gratitude to Our Generous Supporters That Help Us Open Hearts to the Community

With a transformational gift to the Sea Lions habitat remodel, the Koelbel Family Foundation found a meaningful way to honor the legacy of Gene Koelbel, long time volunteer and Board member at Denver Zoo.

Ariel Steele and her partner are the biggest fans of our Asian Small Clawed otters. With the birth of two new pups in 2023, they were inspired to sponsor the care of the entire otter family.

As Zoo Pride members, this donor society receives special benefits and opportunities to see more of Denver Zoo and hear directly from Animal Care Specialists. At the $2500 membership level, you can provide a week of fresh browse for the entire Zoo for nutrition and enrichment.


Make Our Animals’ WILDEST Dreams Come True!

If the animals that call Denver Zoo their home have touched your heart, help us open hearts through enhanced animal habitats, care, programs, and more.

Fuel our dreams