July 10, 2023

What’s New at the Zoo?


Say what you will about our "Seattle Summer" thus far—the unseasonably balmy weather and persistent afternoon showers have made our campus ridiculously beautiful. Add to this a bunch of new Zoo babies, enchanting events and more...there's more than ever to discover at Denver Zoo right now! Here's where to start.


If our last Asian small-clawed otter baby, Jai, induced squeals of delight, we hope you're ready to double down—because our newest pups, Rocket and Slinky, are officially ready for your adoration! You can see them in Village Hall with big bro Jai and doting parents Pintar and Bu. And last (but DEFINITELY not least), we'd like to call your attention to the new resident in our Grevy's zebra habitat: Dusty the ostrich! Deliciously dinosaurian and chock-full of personality, the new bird on the block is ready for his close-up.



In support of our conservation efforts with local habitats and pollinators, we’re proud to introduce "Glass in Flight"—a 14-piece traveling art exhibit. These captivating glass mosaic pieces were created by Tucson-based artist, Alex Heveri, with the intention of bringing the world of insects to life and highlighting the importance of their contributions to our ecosystems. The sculptures are purposely larger than life to promote the enormous impact small organisms make throughout the world. These bee-utiful pieces can be found along the main pathway on the west side of the Zoo, starting just after Goat Mountain to Primate Panorama. They’re only at the Zoo until mid-September, so be sure to check them out during your next visit!



You MAY have heard us mention the new Down Under Experience that's taking shape in the space formerly occupied by Bird World—and we're so excited about its progress! Anchored by an enchanting Wallaby Walkthrough and soaring two-story tree kangaroo habitat, this immersive exhibit will feature some of Australia's most unique and charismatic species, including Bennett’s wallaby, red kangaroo, tree kangaroo and cassowary. Water-wise landscaping will echo the animals' home turf; and woven seamlessly throughout the entire experience will be authentic original multimedia artworks telling the story of First Nations peoples. Down Under is slated to open in the spring of 2024. Can't wait? We get it! You can catch a glimpse of our new wallaby mob in their temporary home just past Stingray Cove.

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It's no secret that Denver Zoo is popular with families; along with Red Rocks Amphitheater, we're consistently in the top two tourist destinations in the state! But you may NOT know that you don't need to have little ones to have a WILD time here. On select Thursdays through October, try Adulting with the Animals—featuring unique themed specialty evenings like Trivial Purr-Zoo-T, Growlin' Games or Song + Dance. One Sunday a month through August, Wild Workouts gives you the opportunity to move your body in the greatest of great outdoors: our beautiful 84-acre campus! Choose from multiple workouts each day, with free coffee and Zoo admission included. And finally, for you night owls, don't miss Summer Evenings; admission is just $5 after 5:00 p.m. through July.


Simply Pizza, Scratch, and even more food offerings are available around the Zoo this summer! Read up on our new menu items in this Westword article!

We can't wait to see your smiling face! Remember, your visit supports our wildlife conservation efforts in Colorado + worldwide. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok for updates on our 3,000 wonderful animals.


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