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Be a Zookeeper Zone is an interactive area that provides children ages 2-10, and their adults, a chance to learn about the science of zoo keeping. Guests will use scientific methods and hands-on learning to discover how zookeepers use science to provide excellent care for Denver Zoo’s animals.  

A national historic landmark built in 1918, Bear Mountain was the first naturalistic habitat of its kind in North America, based on giant plaster casts of rock outcroppings from an area near Morrison, Colorado. This concept was revolutionary in zoo design – people could see the animals at eye level in a natural habitat without apparent bars or fences. It’s currently home to grizzly bears, Asiatic black bears and coati.

From playful toucans to flocking flamingos, see nearly 200 species of birds. Walk through Bird World, an indoor aviary where each room features a naturalistic habitat and aquatic ecosystem, most without barriers so birds can fly freely among zoo visitors. Guests can hand-feed colorful lorikeets at Lorikeet Adventure and learn more about Denver Zoo’s avian propagation program while walking through the Nurture Trail.

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When it opened in 1963, the Feline House was the most dramatic exhibit to open since Bear Mountain. Now home to more than the members of the feline family like Amur tigers, Amur leopards and snow leopards, guests can also see stripped hyena and foosa.


Northern Shores

Northern Shores brings the wonders of aquatic life to Denver. Home to popular daily California sea lion demonstrations, this exhibit showcases the power of the polar bear, the slick swimming skills of the seal and sea lion and cuteness of the river otter and arctic fox. Underwater viewing at both the polar bear and sea lion exhibit fascinate children and adults alike.

See hippos swim and wallow to their heart’s content while black rhinos romp in their outdoor yards or cozy up in their indoor quarters. Across from the real hippos, the bronze mother hippo with calf statue has become a favorite photo spot for generations of zoo guests.


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.


Immerse yourself in the seven-acre habitat for Denver Zoo’s apes and monkeys, large and small. 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.


Denver Zoo’s newest exhibit, 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.

Toyota Elephant Passage is the crown jewel of Denver Zoo. It 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.

Ride Pricing

Single Ride - $2 (Members), $3 (Non-Members)
10 Ride Punch Card - $15 (Members), $20 (Non-Members)

Tropical Discovery

Opened in 1993 after 11 years of planning, fundraising and construction, Tropical Discovery immerses visitors in a world of balmy jungles and coral reefs. An impressive project, the exhibit marked the completion of the 1959 master plan. Guests will be thrilled by the colorful, exotic creatures, including fish, amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles that live in Tropical Discovery.