$150/group (maximum 4 people)


30-minute meet-and-greet with our camels and their zookeepers


Adults and children ages 12 and  up


Sundays and Tuesdays at 2:00pm

Up-Close Look:

Every day is hump day with our gorgeously goofy herd

Join us for an exclusive meet and greet with our growing Bactrian camel herd—you could meet our adorable youngsters, Hagrid and Sprout. With this special and intimate experience, you'll have the opportunity to "buy out" a camel encounter for up to four members of your personal pod. You'll get to meet a camel (or two), along with the knowledgeable animal care experts who keep these fascinating desert dwellers happy and healthy.


  • Masks are required for Up-Close Looks. Neck gaiters and bandanas are not accepted. For certain Up-Close Looks, Denver Zoo approved surgical masks may be provided for you for the health of our animals. For their safety, we are unable to provide medical exemptions at this time.
  • You and your group must be willing to use provided hand sanitizer throughout the experience.
  • Close-toed shoes are strongly recommended for this program.
  • Program is for up to 4 total individuals.
  • This experience is not recommended for people with severe allergies to hay.
  • All program participants must be at least 12 years of age or older.
  • Program fee does not include admission to Denver Zoo—admission tickets must be purchased separately. You must have general admission tickets for the date of your experience prior to purchase.
  • This experience is non-refundable and nontransferable.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paid participant that is 16 years of age or older.
  • 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.
  • This Up-Close Look will occur rain or shine.
  • Plan to check in at the zoo at least 30 minutes before the start of your encounter. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated.
  • This experience is not ADA accessible. For information about accessible encounters, please call 720-337-1400.
  • There is limited access for service animals during this experience. Please call 720-337-1400 to confirm.

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