September 17, 2020

What’s New at Denver Zoo

 

With 3,000+ animals representing more than 400 fascinating species—PLUS a variety of exciting changes across our 80-acre campus—there’s always something new happening at Denver Zoo. This summer is no exception! Here are six hot-off-the-press developments sure to make your next visit a memory-maker. 

1. Boo is BACK

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Join us DAILY October 1–31 for Boo at the Zoo: Storybook Safari—a modified, masked version of Denver's family favorite. When you visit us on a general admission or complimentary member ticket, classic animal stories and fairy tales come to life with costumed characters, enchanting animal experiences and food fit for a king or queen! Celebrate Halloween in a way that's safe, socially distanced and candy-free...but still sweet!

2. New Faces

Cue the oohs and aahs—there’s an adorable crop of NEW zoo babies to see, plus a bunch of other new animals at Denver Zoo 

Hagrid and Sprout  (Bactrian camels)

Please join us in welcoming two three-month-old camel babiesHagrid and Sprout! Hagrid, the male, is outgoing and playful; Sprout, the girl, is sweet and shybut holds her ground when she needs to! Look out for these two fuzzy friends next time you visit!

Sprout (L) and Hagrid (R)

Crumpet (lesser kudu): 

Lesser kudu parents Joe and Moscato have welcomed a new little sister for Winifred and Eleanor, and you can already see her in her habitat near Toyota Elephant Passage. This little kudu joined us on the morning of July 26, and, as her name implies—she’s perfectly delicious. 

Meet Crumpet!

Mbeli, Kali and Gunther (western lowland gorillas):

This strapping trio joined us earlier this summer us at the recommendation of The Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Gorilla Species Survival Plan, which ensures a healthy, genetically diverse population of gorillas in human care. Learn all about the trio here. 

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Billy Hoyle (alligator snapping turtle): 

Like his namesake, Billy is an absolute baller with an unexpectedly wicked jump shot—and Big Apple roots, too! He comes to us from the Bronx Zoo by way of Denver’s Downtown Aquarium, and is happily adjusting to his new digs in Tropical Discovery. Catch his mad skills in action as he goes from complete stillness to a lightning-fast lunge for his lunch of live freshwater fish. 

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3. On-Campus Treats

Safe, Convenient Eats: 

To make things safer for you, you can now get food at Denver Zoo with mobile ordering and touchless pickup throughout our campus. Swing by Zoo Gardens for sliders from the Craft Fine Street Food truck, or head on down to Kamala Café for Orange Chicken or a fresh Poke Bowl. For dessert, we’ve got a brand-new Wandering Ice Cream Flightrefreshing Raspado Shaved Ice at Stingray CoveTM, and more!  

Summer Sips: 

The 21+ crowd will enjoy our Adult Capri Suns and Campari Push Pops, as well as three packages available at our Zoo Gardens PlazaBeer Passports, Growlers, and our Bigsby’s Folly Cottle,” a hybrid of a can and bottleAlso, be sure to pick up cans of Great Divide’s Zooski or Stem Ciders’ limited-edition Off-Drya portion of proceeds from both beverages come back to Denver Zoo, whether you buy them here at the Zooat either company’s tap room, or from your neighborhood purveyor.  

Add any of our Summer Sip + Sup Packages to your admission when you purchase your tickets onlineor purchase in-person during your visit.  

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3. Nature Here + Everywhere 

In-Person Play

Seeking some fun, safe stuff for kids to do this summer and fall? Make an educational escape into the great outdoors with a private learning experience on Denver Zoo’s Zofnass Barclay Family Nature Play TrailFamilies and small groups can reserve the trail for a safe and socially distanced session of learning and adventure. 

4. Nature Here + Everywhere 

In-Person Play

Seeking some fun, safe stuff for kids to do this summer and fall? Make an educational escape into the great outdoors with a private learning experience on Denver Zoo’s Zofnass Barclay Family Nature Play TrailFamilies and small groups can reserve the trail for a safe and socially distanced session of learning and adventure. 

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Bring the Zoo to You: 

Back-to-school is looking a little different this year, with new virtual learning practices in place across the state. If you’re looking for truly engaging nature activities for kids, why not bring Denver Zoo’s educational resources to your community, either in-person or virtually? Denver Zoo’s education team can help! Visit our Virtual Classroom or contact outreach@denverzoo.org for more information on ways to learn with Denver Zoo. 

5. Denver Zoo Buildings are Open

After 87 days of closure, we’ve been hard at work to ensure that our campus is the safest it can be. Now, in addition to creating a super-safe one-way path around our entire 80-acre campus, we’re thrilled to announce that Denver Zoo buildings are open! Thanks to pulsed entry and increased sanitation measures, you can now enjoy Pahali Ya Simba, Great Apes, El Pomar Foundation Village Hall and Tropical Discovery again. Be sure to wave to your friendly building monitor on the way in!  

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6. Up-Close Looks 

We took our time to bring back our Animal Encounters in a new, safe and exclusive wayOur new Up-Close Look” experiences allow you to "buy out” a session for up to six people from your social distancing bubble to enjoy an exciting and intimate experience that keeps everyone, including our animals, safe. Choose between a giraffe feeding, a selection of Animal Ambassadors, like our porcupine, llamas, or parrots—and now, for the first time, a sloth encounter with WookieeSign up today! 

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7. Seasonal Fun 

Stingray Cove:

 If you haven’t enjoyed our Stingray Cove™ Experience yet, it’s open through October 31when our rays and sharks head south for the winter. Don't worry, they’ll be back next spring! 

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Nature Connects®, Art with LEGO® Bricks: 

Don’t miss Artist Sean Kenney’s colorful creations, with 15 larger-than-life flora and fauna sculptures placed throughout campus. It’s FREE with your regular Zoo admission through November 1. You can even take home a souvenir from our online gift shop, anytime.

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We can't wait to see your face—well, your EYES, at least—on campus again. For complete information on our new safety measures and anything else you might be wondering about your next visit, click here

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