$200/group (maximum 6 people)


30-minute meet-and-greet with  
Lizards OR Fish and their keepers


Adults and children 8 and up


Fridays at 2pm

Tropical Discovery encounters are typically available 60 days out.

Up Close Look:
Tropical Discovery

Meet the coolest creatures in the Zoo, with your
choice of Fish or Lizards-including a feeding!

It’s oh-fish-al: there are two new Up-Close Looks now booking in Tropical Discovery! Whether you choose Fish or Lizards, you’ll scale up your excitement with an insider’s view of our indoor rainforest, including the chance to feed residents like Rex, our rhinoceros iguana, and friends…or even serve up a meal to our school of piranhas!  

Tropical Discovery is home to more than 2,000 furry, scaly, swimmy, slithery and slimy animals. This is an unforgettable opportunity for fish fans or lizard lovers to learn how our keepers care for the coolest creatures in the Zoo!

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  • Masks are required for Up-Close Looks. Neck gaiters and bandanas are not accepted. 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.
  • 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 does not wear closed-toed shoes.
  • Program is for up to 6 total individuals.
  • All program participants must be at least 8 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 non-transferable.  
  • 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 your experience for 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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