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Great Ape Encounter

The adventure of open to guests 8 and older.

Begin your encounter with a walking history of Denver Zoo as you make your way to Primate Panorama. Then, discover the wild world of great apes firsthand from the keepers that care for these intelligent and charismatic animals. You'll have a rooftop view of the Zoo's resident orangutans that few get to experience, or perhaps participate in a training session with a gorilla behind the scenes . You ll be amazed by the secrets of their fascinating behavior as you watch the orangutans or gorillas receive their afternoon snack.

*Please note that your experience will be with a gorilla or an orangutan, and the selected animal will be surprise when you arrive for your encounter!

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


  • The adventure of open to guests 8 and older.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying person 16 years of age or older.
  • Great Ape Encounter will occur rain or shine.
  • Great Ape Encounter involves climbing up and down steep stairs. Please notify us if this is a concern to any member of your group.
  • Denver Zoo reserves the right to re-route or cancel any tour due to the 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 make joining the group late not possible.
  • Service animals are not allowd in this behing the scenes experience. Please call 720-337-1400 for more information.

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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