Jul 12, 2022

What’s New at the Zoo?

rascally raccoons, after-hours adventures + more!

With super-sunny weather, a trio of stork visits and flowers blooming all over campus, here's everything you need to know to maximize your time exploring Denver Zoo this summer.

1. WE HAVE AMAZING NEW ARRIVALS

It is with THREE TIMES the thrills that we announce a trio of new arrivals! First-time parents Pintar and Bu welcomed a beautiful Asian small-clawed otter pup, which can be seen in its Village Hall nursery via LIVE Ottercam. Golden lion tamarins Chino and Kimmer are chillin’ with their new baby in the Emerald Forest. And Dobby’s new playmate, juvenile reticulated giraffe BB, has just arrived from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. As every parent knows, they don’t stay little for long—get tickets NOW to bask in the Zoo baby cuteness! 

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2. HARMONY HILL IS DOWNRIGHT NUTTY

As if our resident grizzly girl, Tundra, isn't reason enough to visit Harmony Hill, the habitat's newest residents—raccoon sisters Cashew and Pecan—have really begun to find their groove. If you haven't heard the kits' backstory, these two cuties were found in the wall of a Boulder home. Due to their leucistic (lighter) coloring, they would be particularly vulnerable to predators in the wild.

But since Harmony Hill is all about helping humans learn how to peacefully coexist with local wildlife, it made perfect sense to give the rescued raccoons (a species that comes into frequent contact with people) a safe and loving home here at Denver Zoo. After a short period of shyness, they're well on their way to becoming model raccoons: mischievous, adventurous and downright adorable. Check 'em out on your next visit.

3. swoop on in for stingray smiles

It's time to share a slightly slimy (and totally unforgettable) smile! Inspired by the unique landscape and vibrant culture of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, Stingray Cove gives you the chance to touch and feed gentle cownose and southern stingrays as they swoop and glide freely around the 15,000-gallon tank they share with peaceful bamboo and bonnethead sharks. Admission is $2 for members, and $3 for the general public; try your hand at feeding the rays for just $2. Open now through October 31...don't miss it!

4. ADULTING WITH THE ANIMALS IS BACK

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Ready to explore the Zoo with your grown-up (or at the very least, kid-free) crew? Adulting with the Animals is BACK, with all-new offerings on select Thursdays and Sundays through the fall! From crafting with cocktails to yoga with elephants, there's something for every kind of party animal—with lots of tasty adult bevvies to keep the fun flowing. Each event is unique, with special experiences and animal encounters you might not get on a regular Zoo day. Click here to learn more about our five fun themes, as well as how to bundle and save!

5. DAILY DELIGHTS: MORE ANIMAL DEMOS

Did you know: there are at least eight animal demonstrations every day, from larger-than-life elephant experiences to lively lion enrichment sessions and more—each offering an awesome opportunity to learn about our animals directly from their keepers. On the morning of your visit, be sure check our website for the day’s demos so you don’t miss a single wild moment.

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6. NEW UP-CLOSE LOOKS HAVE SPROUTED

Want to make your next visit absolutely unforgettable? Add an Up-Close Look to the mix! These intimate animal encounters are offered year-round, and we’re always adding new experiences to the mix. This summer, you'll have the opportunity to meet our beautiful bongo herd, our sassy Bactrian camel siblings Hagrid and Sprout—or the dangerously delightful residents of Predator Ridge. That's in addition to Up-Close Looks featuring elephants, rhinos and giraffes; check back often to see what's new!

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Ready for some summer lovin' at Denver Zoo? Get your tail down here! 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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