$200/group (maximum of 6 people)


30-minute meet-and-greet with one of our rhinos and their keepers


Adults and children ages 12 and up


Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.


Up-Close Look:
Rhino Encounter

Meet one of our tough-but-sensitive two-ton tanks

Chewing with one’s mouth openannoying at family dinners, but surprisingly adorable when a rhino does it! In this intimate experience for up to six members of your personal pod, you’ll meet one of our amazing rhinoceros crew—including Rudy the black rhino, or Bandhu, Tensing or Joona the greater one-horned rhinos. Our keepers will choose which of these amazing individuals you get to meet, and what your interaction might look like, but as you learn what it takes to care for these powerful pachyderms, you may get to watch a feeding and even give somebody a robust booty scratch.

Due to animal care needs, we cannot guarantee which species/individual you will meet ahead of time. 


  • 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 6 total individuals. 
  • All program participants must be at least 12 years of age or older. 
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paid participant that is 16 years of age or older. 
  • This experience is not recommended for people with severe allergies to hay. 
  • 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. 
  • This experience is non-refundable and nontransferable. 
  • 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 60 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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