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45 minutes 

Begin your encounter with a walking history of Denver Zoo as you make your way to Primate Panorama. Then, discover the wild world of great apes firsthand from the keepers that care for these intelligent and charismatic animals. You'll have a rooftop view of the Zoo's resident orangutans that few get to experience, or perhaps perhaps get a behind the scenes view of one of our gorillas. You’ll be amazed by the secrets of their fascinating behavior as you watch the orangutans or gorillas receive their afternoon snack. Please note that your experience will be with a gorilla or an orangutan, and the selected animal will be a surprise when you arrive for your encounter! 

Please note that because of safety regulations, guests will not receive direct contact with the apes but rather will get a closer look than public perspective allows with exclusive behind-the-scenes access and interactions. Additionally, the experience will include a meet and greet with either the orangutans or gorillas, and the species chosen can vary with each experience. We cannot guarantee which species will be included as part of the meet and greet.

Your Encounter Also Includes:

  • Digital Photo
  • Souvenir sticker


Guests 8 years of age and older


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




  • This adventure is open to guests ages 8 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. 
  • Great Apes 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 adventure. The behind the scenes nature of this experience makes joining the group late not possible. 
  • Service animals are not allowed in this behind-the-scenes experience. 
  • Orangutan or Gorilla Meet and Greet involves climbing up and down steep stairs. Please notify us if this is a concern to any member of your group.
  • There is limited access for service animals in the Great Apes area. Please call 720-337-1400 to confirm.