$200/group (maximum 6 people)


30-minute meet-and-greet with multiple Denver Zoo Ambassador Animals


Adults and children ages 6 and up


Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, Select Times of Year

Up-Close Look:
Wild Card

Meet some of our most charismatic Animal Ambassadors

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to meet a variety of Denver Zoo’s Animal Ambassadors—including one each of our brilliant birds, rockin' reptiles, and marvelous mammals. Our Animal Ambassadors participate in training demonstrations, school visits and pop-up animal demonstrations; you'll learn from our experts about the unique personalities and characteristics of each amazing individual! With zookeepers in charge of your adventure, every experience is different. We cannot guarantee a specific animal, but every possible combination is pretty...well...WILD.

Birds: Hawk, owl, parrot, kookaburra, Tawny frogmouth, or other!
Reptiles: Turtle, tortoise, snake, lizard
Mammals: Porcupine, tamandua, armadillo, Patagonian mara, tenrec

Wild Card experiences will not include: penguins, flamingos, large carnivores like lions or tigers, primates, larger mammals like elephants or rhinos. Visit for a listing of other animal experiences.

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.


  • 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.  
  • This experience is not recommended for people with airborne nut allergies.
  • 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.  

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