Up-Close Animal Encounters

Elephant Encounter

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.

Restrictions

  • This adventure is for guest 12 years of age and older.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • You must check in at Guest Services 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 720-337-1417 for more information.
  • This tour is not recommended for persons with hay allergies.

Hippo Meet and Greet

Meet long time Denver Zoo resident Mahali the hippo during this up close and personal experience. Participants will have exclusive access to the outdoor hippo habitat in our new encounter space, opprotunities to learn from his keepers how they are for him, and help toss food to Mahali! Do you have what it takes to hit a four foot target from just a few feet away? Start practicing your aim!

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

Restrictions:

  • This adventure is for guests 10 year of age and older.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a person 16 years of age or older.
  • Hippo meet and greet 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.
  • Cancellation policy: A cancellation fee of 50% will be charged for cancelling within less than 2 weeks' notice. A cancellation fee of 100% will be charged for a missed adventure.
  • You must check-in at Guest Services 15 minutes prior to the start time of your adventure. The exclusive nature of this experience makes joining the group late not possible.
  • There is limited access for service animals in the hippo area. Please call 720-337-1417 for more information.
  • This program is not recommended for persons with hay allergies.

Orangutan or Gorilla Meet and Greet

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.

Restrictions

  • The adventure of open to guests 8 and older.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied buy a person 16 years of age or older.
  • Orangutan or Gorilla Meet and Greet will occur rain or shine.
  • Orangutan or Gorilla Meet and Greet 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.
  • Cancellation Policy: A cancellation fee of 50% will be charged for canceling with less than two weeks notice. A cancellation fee of 100% will be charged for a missed adventure.
  • You must check in at Guest Services 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 720-337-1417 for more information.

Penguin Encounter

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.

  • Program registration does not include admission to Denver Zoo-admission tickets must be purchased seperately.

Restrictions:

  • This adventure is for guests 8 years of age and older.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a person 16 years of age or older.
  • Penguin 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.
  • 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.
  • You must check in at Guest Services 15 minutes prior to the start of your adventure. The behind the scenes nature of this experience makes joining the group late not possible.
  • There is limited access for service animals in the Penguin Encounter area. Please call 720-337-1417 for more information.

Tropical Discovery Meet and Greet

For lovers of reptiles, frogs and fish! Take a one of a kind look into Tropical Discovery, home to all things slithery, slimy, and scaly. You'll be transported into an exotic rainforest habitat that is home to over 300 species and visit two different behind the scenes areas; a face to face visit with the Komodo gragons, and a second area that is the keepers choice! It may be a bird's eye look into our 16,000 Pacific Reef habitat or meeting a frog thought to be extinct in the wild, just to name a few. Each experience is different, so an adventurous attitude is recommended!

  • Program registration does not include admision to Denver Zoo - admission tickets must be purchased seperately.

Restrictions

  • This adventure is open to guests of all ages.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a person 16 years of age or older.
  • Tropical Discovery Meet-and-Greet 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 even of cancellation, efforts will be made to reschedule you on a later date.
  • 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.
  • You must check in at Guest Services 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.
  • There is limited access for service animals in the behind-the-scenes areas of Tropical Discovery. Please call 720-337-1417 for more information.
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