Oct 13, 2021

What’s New at the Zoo?

FROM FALL FUN TO ALL-NEW ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS AND AN ENCHANTING NEW PENGUIN EXHIBIT, AUTUMN IS AWESOME AT DENVER ZOO

With its smaller crowds, colorful leaves and just-right temperatures, fall may just be our favorite time to explore Denver Zoo! Here are five compelling reasons to plan a visit during harvest season—including the return of some beloved experiences, PLUS all-new offerings, and more!

1. WILD FALL: DAYTIME DELIGHTS, ALL OCTOBER

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Here at Denver Zoo, we’re passionate about ALL wildlife, even the creatures that inhabit only our wildest imagination. OR DO THEY? The fascination, at least, is 100% real. Which is why mythical creatures like Bigfoot, El Chupacabra, Mothman and other fantastic beasts will be front and center at Wild Fall.

Every day in October, you’ll find convincing evidence throughout the Zoo that cryptids and other critters of their kind walk among us—with costumes and characters, creature-carved pumpkins, festive food + drink, and special animal demos that connect these supernatural beings to the real-life natural world. Costumes, especially animal costumes, are encouraged…just no full masks or gory stuff, please.

Wild Fall is free with Denver Zoo admission, and runs throughout daytime operational hours, every day in October. And, while there’s no trick-or-treating or candy, you can expect this magical experience to be sprinkled over our 84-acre campus like fall leaves—with multiple moments of surprise and delight to enjoy, and lots of amazing animals to discover. For full event details and FAQs, please click here.

2. WADDLE THIS WAY: NEW PENGUIN EXHIBIT NOW OPEN

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Drumroll please…Pinnacol African Penguin Point is now open! Inspired by the rocky coastlines of their Cape of Good Hope origins, the spacious new habitat offers nearly 85 linear feet of curated viewing—including multiple underwater perspectives that put the flock’s natural behaviors on display.

Younger guests will enjoy the wavemaker, while visitors of all ages enjoy the penguins’ indisputable charisma as they dive and swim in their spacious new home—which is located directly across from Benson Predator Ridge. Be among the first to see it all…get tickets today!

3. DAILY ANIMAL DEMONSTRATIONS BACK

We’re thrilled to announce that animal demonstrations are BACK! There are at least eight demos every day, from larger-than-life elephant experiences to scintillating sea lion sessions—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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4. NEW UP-CLOSE LOOKS

Want to make your next visit totally 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. There are currently a delightful dozen to choose from, including Reptiles, Llamas, Giraffes, Porcupine & Tamandua, Sloths, Birds of Prey, Parrots, Camels, Wild Card (Animal Ambassadors), Elephant, Rhino and our newest, Bongo!

With our newest Up-Close Look, you’ll meet one of our favorite redheads and learn firsthand why their keepers count them among the sweetest animals at the Zoo. During this intimate encounter, you and up to five members of your personal pod (six total participants) will meet with a bongo caretaker and learn what it takes to care for Denver Zoo's herd—and even get to feed them a special treat!

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5. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

We’re thrilled to announce that Samburu Grille is once again open! For a complete list of food and drink throughout the park, including hours of operation and ordering options, click here. If you haven’t already, don’t forget to download our mobile app prior to your visit. It makes every moment, from ticketing and wayfinding to learning more about your favorite animals, SO much easier. And finally, as a reminder: Denver Zoo is open at 8:30 a.m. to members, with hours starting at 10:00 a.m. for the general public—and closing at 5:00 p.m. for all.

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6. HOURS ARE EXTENDED + ATTRACTIONS ARE OPEN

The days are getting longer—and so are our hours! Zoo closing hours vary by day, so be sure to check our ticketing system for available times. The Zoo will close 1 hour and 45 minutes after the last ticket reservation entry time. Timed ticket reservations are required for entry.

What should you do with all of those extra minutes, you ask? Add some awesomeness to your visit! Your favorite attractions—our 4-D Theater, Conservation Carousel and Denver Zoo Railroad, Presented by Union Pacific—are all OPEN! Get tickets at each individual attraction’s location, and get ready for a wild time at Denver Zoo.

Ready to FALL in love with Denver Zoo all over again? Get your tail down here! And of course, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates on our 3,000 wild and wonderful animals.

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