Starts at $150/group (maximum 4 people)


Safe + socially distanced giraffe feeding


Adults and children ages 5 and up. Guests under the age of 5 will not be permitted to accompany participants on this program.


Year-round, weather permitting

Up-Close Look:
Giraffe Feeding

A safe + socially distanced giraffe encounter for your pod

Join our amazing reticulated giraffe herd (including Heshi, Kipele, and our resident class clown, Dobby) for a safe, socially distanced version of our giraffe encounter! With this special and intimate experience, you'll have the opportunity to "buy out" a giraffe feeding for up to four members of your personal pod. Our knowledgeable giraffe experts will be on hand to help you get to know each member of the herd as you learn about their unique personalities and biology—including their prehensile tongues, 25-pound hearts and adorable ossicones.



  • For the safety of our staff and animals: You and your group must wear face coverings or face masks for the entirety of this experience. At this time, we are not able to accommodate medical exemptions; all participants must wear a face covering or mask. You and your group must also be willing to use provided hand sanitizer throughout the entirety of the experience.  
  • Program is for up to 4 total individuals.   
  • All program participants must be at least 5 years of age or older. Guests under the age of 5 will not be permitted to accompany participants on this program. 
  • 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.  
  • Late arrivals cannot be accommodated. Your group needs to be in the designated meeting location 10 minutes before the start of your encounter, and you will need at least 45 minutes to make it through the Zoo's one-directional flow.
  • 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.  
  • Giraffe Feeding will occur rain or shine.     
  • There is limited access for service animals during this experience. Please call 720-337-1400 to confirm.   

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