$200/group (maximum 6 people)


30-minute meet-and-greet with a member of our okapi herd


Adults and children ages 6 and  up


Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays

Up-Close Look:

The sweetest animals in the zoo can't wait to meet you!

Join us for a special meet-and-greet with a member of our okapi herd! Meet Sekele, Romakari or Kali, and see first-hand why their keepers count them among the sweetest animals at the zoo. During this experience, you and up to five members of your personal pod (six total participants) will meet with an okapi zookeeper and learn what it takes to care for Denver Zoo's herd. You'll even get to feed them a special treat!


  • 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.
  • Closed-toed shoes are strongly recommended for this program. For your safety, your experience will be modified if you or any member of your group do not wear closed-toed shoes.
  • Program is for up to six (6) total individuals.
  • This experience is not recommended for people with severe allergies to hay.
  • All program participants must be at least six (6) 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.
  • There is limited access for service animals during this experience. Please call 720-337-1400 to confirm.

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