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60 Minutes

Are you passionate about penguins? Start your encounter with a guided tour through Bird World and get a behind-the-scenes peek at how Denver Zoo cares for hundreds of birds. Spend some time in the kitchen as animal care staff prepare diets and help feed a variety of the Zoo’s fine feathered friends. For the grand finale waddle your way into the world of penguins to interact with one of these loveable creatures and hear from one of our animal care experts about what it takes to care for these unique birds.

Your Encounter Also Includes:

  • One digital group photo
  • Souvenir sticker


Guests 8 years of age and older


This program is offered year round program. Click on the 'register now' button below for available dates and times. 




  • This adventure is for guest 8 years of age and older. 
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paid participant that is 16 years of age or older. 
  • Program fee does not include admission to Denver Zoo- admission tickets must be purchased separately. 
  • Penguin 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 inside the Boettcher Welcome Center 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. 
  • There is limited access for service animals in the Penguin Encounter area. Please call 720-337-1400 to confirm.