Animal Adventures

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.


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


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