Sep 13, 2022

What’s New at the Zoo?

FALLOWEEN FUN, ZOO BABIES, FAT BEAR SEASON + MORE!

With diminished crowds and increased animal activity—plus crisp weather and crunchy leaves right around the corner—shoulder season may just be the best time to enjoy your Zoo! Here's everything that's awesome this autumn at Denver Zoo.

1. WILD FALL + TRICK-OR-TREAT TRAIL

BIG NEWS: this year’s festivities include BOTH daytime and nighttime fun! Every day in October, Wild Fall transforms your Zoo into a family-friendly seasonal spectacular—with costumed characters, carved pumpkins, creepy-crawly animal demos + more. Free with your regular Zoo admission. And, on select October evenings, our NEW Trick-or-Treat Trail offers a spirited all-ages experience, with candy stations, spooky seasonal surprises and lots of seasonal bites and bevvies! We do expect trick-or-treating to sell out, so get tickets now!

2. ZOO BABIES: DEFINITELY STILL CUTE

First-time parents Pintar and Bu continue to be over the moon about their beautiful Asian small-clawed otter pup, Jai, who made his official public debut this month! If you don't see him toddling around his habitat in Village Hall, it's likely because mom has protectively hauled the curious little floof back into the hollow log where the family has been snuggling. Golden lion tamarin tot Chickpea has just started exploring his Emerald Forest home solo, under the watchful eyes of parents Chino and Kimmer. And Dobby’s new playmate, juvenile reticulated giraffe BB, has settled in so well with her new herd that it seems she's always been here!

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3. CHUBBY TUNDRA TIME IS THE BEST TIME

Listen, we know that all bodies are beautiful. Obviously we love our resident grizzly girl, Tundra, 365 days a year. But we're also quite enamored of her "extra-fluffy" physique this time of year, when she begins to bulk up for her winter hibernation. She's also been especially fond of her puzzle ball lately—if you're lucky, you might catch her practicing her new technique for releasing the healthy treats her keepers put inside! This is also an excellent time to watch Cashew and Pecan as they climb and cavort around the Harmony Hill Backyard.

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4. 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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5. last chance for stingrays this year

There's still time to make a finny friend before our Stingray Cove school swims south for the winter! Now through the end of October, you can 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.

6. JAM WITH OUR BONGOS

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 fall, 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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