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Elephant Encounter

This adventure is for guest 12 years of age and older.

Get to know more about Denver Zoo's beloved elephants while discovering a different side of Denver Zoo's newest exhibit Toyota Elephant Passage. Participate in an elephant training session after their daily demonstration, and then go behind the scenes and gain some insider knowledge from the animal keepers who care for these unique, charismatic creatures every day.

  • Please note that because of safety regulations, guests will not receive direct contact with the elephants, but rather will get a closer look than public perspective allows with exclusive behind-the-scenes access and interactions.
  • Program registration does not include admission to Denver Zoo-admission tickets must be purchased separately.


  • This adventure is for guest 12 years of age and older.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an paying adult 16 years of age or older.
  • Elephant Encounter will occur rain or shine.
  • Denver Zoo reserves the right to re-route or cancel any tour due to animal health or safety concerns. In the event of cancellation, efforts will be made to reschedule you on a later date.
  • You must check in at the Boettcher Welcome Center 15 minutes prior to the start time of your adventure. The behind the scenes nature of this experience makes joining the group late not possible.
  • There is no access for service animals in the Elephant Encounter area. Please call 720-337-1400 for more information.
  • This tour is not recommended for persons with hay allergies.

Cancellation Policy:

  • A cancellation fee of 50% will be charged for cancelling with less than two weeks' notice.
  • A cancellation fee of 100% will be charged for a missed adventure.

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