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Event Enhancements


Looking for ways to take your event to the next level? Denver Zoo offers several options to enhance and enrich your event from animal encounters to rides on the Conservation Carousel.

(Daytime Events)

What unzoosual things can you find? We will send you off in the zoo to hunt and gather clues. We provide the clue sheets, pencils and a prize to be awarded to the wise owls who find them the quickest. Hunts are made to be done in teams and all materials are distributed the day of your event. Hunts general run about 45 minutes to complete.

Rate: $1.50 per person/sheet

(Daytime or Evening Events)

Give your guests a special meet and greet with some of Denver Zoo’s wild inhabitants. A variety of animals can be added to your guest list for a personal visit with your group. Availability is limited.

$350.00 for 4 animals for 1 hour (2 animals will be from List A and 2 animals will be from List B)

$250.00 for 4 animals for 1 hour (all animals will be from List A)

*Due to animal availability, we cannot grant specific animal requests. Animal visitors may include any of the following:

List A

  • Snakes (various species)
  • Turtles and tortoises (various species)
  • Lizards (various species)
  • Amphibians (frogs, toads, salamanders)
  • Small mammals (hedgehogs, rabbits, guinea pigs)
  • Invertebrates (scorpions, tarantulas, Madagascar hissing cockroach, giant forest cockroach, giant African millipede)

List B

  • Parrots
  • Raptors- hawk or owl
  • Tawny Frogmouth
  • Porcupine (North American or South American)
  • Tamandua (lesser anteater)
  • Opossum
  • Alligator
  • Monitor lizard
  • Prehensile tailed skink

(Daytime or Evening Events)

Colorful, fanciful and stunning facial designs, hand painted by Denver’s highly talented and creative face painters. Delighting up to 30 children and adults alike per hour.

$200 per hour *2 hour minimum required

(Daytime or Evening Events)

Take a ride on the Wild Side! Climb aboard the Pioneer Train at Denver Zoo. Perfect for families with little ones, the train offers a quick trip around the zoo’s carousel meadow filled with beautiful lush foliage, under the shade of 100-year-old trees. Hop aboard and enjoy seeing our American and Chilean flamingos and other waterfowl just outside the zoo’s Primate Panorama exhibit. Denver Zoo’s Pioneer Train is the first natural gas-powered zoo train in any zoo in the United States. You can also take a trip around the animal world on Denver Zoo’s Endangered Species Carousel! It features hand-carved wooden replicas of some of Denver’s most popular residents including a polar bear mom and cubs, giraffes, okapi and baby gorilla.

$400 for one

$750 for both

$1.50 per each token (daytime rental only)

*Please note these can only be rented during a Zoo buyout or if your event is located in the Conoco Zoo Gardens Zone.

(Evening Events)

Add a private, behind-the-scenes close-up experience with the lions, hyenas or wild dogs to your event. Find out how zookeepers monitor their health and keep them engaged and active every day.


Standing Capacity: 60

*Please note this can only be rented during a Zoo buyout or if your event is located in the Conoco Zoo Gardens/Norgren Hall/Samburu Patio Zone.

(Evening Event)

Enjoy a private performance of Denver Zoo’s Sea Lion Show. Your guests will get to watch these pinniped predators strut their stuff for the crowd.


Standing Capacity: 150

*Please note this can only be rented during a Zoo buyout of if your event is located in the Northern Shores Zone.

(Evening Events)

Enjoy an exclusive presentation featuring either an elephant or rhino and their zookeeper. Your group will get to learn about the animal in this up-close, private demonstration.


Seated Capacity: 450 guests

*Please note this can only be rented during a Zoo buyout of if your event is located in the Toyota Elephant Passage zone.

(Evening Events)

Make sure to ask about zoomazing giveaways for your guests. Our Kibongi Market offers a wide variety of unique gifts from jewelry to gift baskets and much more and will be sure to delight all of your guests. Don’t forget to add on creature cash for your event. Guests can use creature cash to purchase food items. Please call our Catering Department at 720-337-1472 for more information.

Denver Zoo’s event specialists are waiting to assist you:

Please email or call 720-337-1442.

Fill out our event inquiry form for more information.