Up-Close Animal Encounters

Animal Ambassador Encounter - Wildlife Theater

This encounter is open to guests of all ages.

Come face-to-face with animals feathery, furry, scaley, and slimey as you meet the Zoo's most diverse group of animals under one roof. Learn from the keepers about the unique care needed for such a wide array of animal species, as well as the important role that the ambassador animals play at Denver Zoo and beyond. You might chat with a parrot, be tickled by a tamandua, or touch a turtle (or two)! It s sure to be a wild time! 

  • Guests will visit the Wildlife Theatre
  • Program registration does not include admission to Denver Zoo-admission tickets must be purchased separately.

Restrictions:

  • This encounter is open to guests of all ages.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying participant that is 16 years of age or older.
  • Program registration does not include admission to Denver Zoo- admission tickets must be purchased separately.
  • Animal Ambassador 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 Guest Services 15 minutes prior to the start time of your encounter. The behind the scenes nature of this experience makes joining the group late not possible.
  • There is limited access for service animals in the behind-the-scenes areas. Please call 720-337-1400 to confirm.

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.

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.

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

Restrictions:

  • This adventure is for guest 8 years of age and older.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying 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.
  • 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 limited access for service animals in the Penguin Encounter area. 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.

Rhino Encounter

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

Ever wondered what it feels like to touch two tons worth of muscle? Experience this and more as you get nose to horn with our greater one horned rhinos Tensing and Bandhu. In this adventure, your host will guide you to our newest exhibit, Toyota Elephant Passage, to meet with a keeper and learn what it takes to care for these two-ton creatures. You ll also have a chance to touch and scratch this gentle giant while he enjoys his mid-morning snack. They might look tough as a tank, however their calm and sweet nature will win you over.

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

Restrictions:

  • This adventure is for guests 12 years of age and older.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying person 16 years of age or older.
  • Rhino 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 a cancellation, efforts will be made to reschedule your tour on a later date.
  • 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 Rhino Encounter area. 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.

Sea Lion Encounter

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

Things are about to get fishy! Have an up-close encounter with Denver Zoo s fun flippered friends, the sea lions. During up-close encounters with sea lions and intimate conversations with animal care staff, watch as their personalities overshadow their fishy breath and find a way in to your heart. 

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

Restrictions:

  • This adventure is for guests 8 years of age and older.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying person 16 years of age or older.
  • Sea Lion 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 a cancellation, efforts will be made to reschedule your tour on a later date.
  • 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 Sea Lion Encounter area. 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.

Tropical Discovery Encounter

This adventure is open to guests of all ages.

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 dragons, and a second area that is the keepers choice! It may be a bird's eye look into our 16,000 gal. 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 paying person 16 years of age or older.
  • Tropical Discovery 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 even of cancellation, efforts will be made to reschedule you on a later date.
  • 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 720-337-1400 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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