Emergency Support Fund

Help offset the cost of care for our animals during this time.

Zoo to You

Virtual Safari

Denver Zoo may be closed, but our animal care staff is still providing vital care for our nearly 3,000 animal residents. And we're here to keep you informed, entertained and engaged with daily videos, wildlife-themed activity ideas and much more!

Latest Updates

Zoo to You Virtual Safari: Patagonian Cavy

DZTV | May 29th, 2020 | 1 PM MT

Trust us, your view on rodents will change after learning about Lionel the cavy and all his awesome adaptations!

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Endangered Species Day!

Family Fun | May 15th, 2020 | 10 AM MT

We can do so much to support animals, even from our own homes. What will you do? Make a plan to join us in supporting endangered species!

Research an endangered species of your choice (Denver Zoo’s Animal Facts website is a good place to start).

  • What do you think is unique about the animal?
  • What challenges is the species facing? Why do you think that is?
  • How can you help?

Write a short story, essay or poem or draw a picture explaining your plan to help save the endangered species. Take a photo of your pledge and post it to social media using #EndangeredSpeciesWeek.

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Family Fun

Connecting To/Respecting Nature

Family Fun | May 14th, 2020 | 10 AM MT

Whether you live in an apartment in the middle of the city, in a house with a backyard, or in the middle of a forest, the ability to observe, marvel and wonder at nature is just beyond the walls of your home.

Nature is all around and an important aspect to all of our lives. The sun provides light and warmth, the clouds moisture, and the trees air, as well as food and homes for animals. Research also shows that nature may calm anxiety, reduce stress, and give our minds and bodies a reboot. Connecting to nature is particularly important in these challenging times.

Getting outside, even for just a few moments, can help you feel connected to the world, adjust your mindset, and can help you feel more at ease as we negotiate our new normal. Connecting with nature is simple and can be done anywhere, at any time, and as often as you like or need.

Join us! – Connect with nature!

  1. Find a space outside: a balcony, yard, park, or grassy knoll outside your building will work well.
  2. Sit silently and start making observations using all of your senses.
    • What do you see?: Can you see animals? Can you see a tree? What about the sky and clouds?
    • What do you hear?: Maybe you hear traffic. If you listen closely, can you hear anything else? Maybe the breeze as it blows past your ears, or rustles through the trees. Can you hear birds or other animals? Perhaps a stream or even kids playing.
    • What do you smell?: Do you have flowers nearby? Or a neighbor barbecuing?
    • What do you feel?: What are you sitting on? How does it feel? Can you feel the sun’s warm rays on your face? Or the breeze on your arms?
  3. Take a few deep breaths and let the outside world ground you and relax you.
  4. Try documenting your experience: If you have time, write your observations and feelings in a nature journal, write a poem or draw a picture.
  5. Then do it again!: Remember, nature is always there waiting for you, rain or shine!

How to Calm Your Child’s Coronavirus Anxiety

Most parents are appropriately concerned with keeping their families safe from the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and preventing its spread.

20 Nature Play Ideas

We’re ALL ready a bit of good news these days, so here it is: one of the healthiest things you can do for your family right now is to simply GO OUTSIDEIn addition to being one of the few remaining CDC-approved activities that involve fresh air, nature play has been proven to have powerful benefits for both bodies and brains—not just for kids, but for parents, too!  

Conservation Corner

Become a citizen scientist and save wildlife from the comfort of your own home! Click below to take part in our Colorado Corridors Project by identifying local wildlife in photos captured by remote cameras along I-70, then check out Zooniverse to see what other projects you can help with!

Your Membership Helps Us Care for Animals

As a non-profit organization, we rely on the support of our members to care for our 3,000 wild and wonderful animals—especially during this unexpected hiatus. Become a member today to become an important part of our support system. You won’t miss a single day of benefits; your membership will automatically start when Denver Zoo reopens.

Join now and enter code SUPPORT20 to save $16 on a full year of membership!