$200/group (maximum 6 people)


30-minute meet-and-greet with
Animal Ambassadors Lucy + Rio


Adults and children ages 6 and up


Daily, Year-Round

Only available at 11:00 a.m.

Up-Close Look:
Porcupine & Tamandua

Got a nose for unusual critters? This is the experience for YOU.

Join us for an exclusive meet and greet with two of Denver Zoo's most unexpectedly ADORABLE Animal Ambassadors: Lucy the prehensile-tailed porcupine and Rio the Tamandua! With this special and intimate experience, you'll have the opportunity to "buy out" a tamandua and porcupine encounter for up to six members of your personal pod. You'll meet the knowledgeable animal care experts who keep these two South American arboreal species happy and healthy, and even watch them conduct a training session. 

*PLEASE NOTE: This experience includes exclusive interactions with animal care experts and the ability to see animals that live behind the scenes. Due to safety regulations, guests will not have direct contact with the animals.

This experience is ONLY available at 11:00 a.m. and is not available for a 1:00 p.m. encounter.


  • 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.
  • Program is for up to 6 total individuals.  
  • All program participants must be at least 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.  

NOTE: Register for a tamandua and porcupine encounter by clicking the button below and choosing “Porcupine” at checkout.

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