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Animal Ambassador Encounter - Gates Animal Housing

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 Gates Animal Housing.
  • 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 the Boettcher Welcome Center 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.

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.

Restrictions

  • 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.

Hippo Encounter

This adventure is for guests 10 years of age and older.

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 care 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 paying person 16 years of age or older.
  • Hippo 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 the Boettcher Welcome Center 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 720-337-1400 for more information.
  • This program is not recommended for persons with hay allergies.

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 the Boettcher Welcome Center 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 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.
  • 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.
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