Up-Close Animal Encounters

Enchanted Hollows - Behind-the-Scenes: Elephants

This encounter is for guests 12 years of age and older.

Enhance your Enchanted Hollows experience with a behind-the-scenes experience at Toyota Elephant Passage! On top of everything included with an event ticket, learn about Denver Zoo's resident Asian elephants from the zookeepers who care for these charismatic creatures every day.

Taps and Tails - Behind-the-Scenes: Predator Ridge

This encounter is for guest 21 years of age and older.

Enhance your Taps & Tails experience with a behind-the-scenes Predator Ridge experience! On top of everything included with an event ticket, hear tales about Denver Zoo's resident African carnivores at Benson Predator Ridge from the zookeepers who care for these charismatic creatures every day.

Backstage Experience

This adventure is for guests 5 years of age and older.

Are you looking for a more exclusive and in-depth look at Denver Zoo?

If so, Backstage Experience is for you! Your private tour takes place behind-the-scenes with our animal ambassadors. Animal abassadors welcome attendees to special events, visit schools and even make media appearances, but zoo guests don t usually get to visit their home. This backstage area has over 90 animal residents, so you might get to touch a turtle, be tickled by a tamandua s tongue, say hello to a llama or even meet a tropical bird. This exclusive tour includes a variety of up-close encounters, followed by two animal feeding or training demonstrations. When your experience wraps up, you are free to enjoy the zoo at your leisure.

Giraffe Feeding

This adventure is for guests of all ages.

*PLEASE NOTE - Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paid participant that is 16 years of age or older

Our new Giraffe Feeding will give you a chance to hand feed one of our resident giraffes. In addition to the feeding, you will have exclusive access to giraffe experts that will help you get to know each member of the herd. You will be in awe of their long necks, rough tongues and adorable ossicones. Just watch out for the drool!

Penguin Encounter

This adventure is for guests 8 years of age and older.

Explore Denver Zoo like never before! The Penguin Encounter is a 60 minute guided tour providing guests with an intimate look at how Denver Zoo cares for these charismatic creatures and how to protect them in the wild. The encounter includes a guided tour through Denver Zoo's Bird World exhibit, behind the scenes access and an up-close encounter with one of the zoo's African Penguins.

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