The Denver Zoo, which occupies 75 acres in City Park, is home to nearly 4,000 animals representing 650 species. Some are native to our Rocky Mountain backyard, while others come from far away. These include such species as Asian elephants, African lions, Komodo dragons, Asian tigers and Western lowland gorillas. FREE days are scattered throughout the year.
The zoo boasts habitats that replicate the animals’ native habitats. Predator Ridge is a recreated African savanna. Primate Panorama is built for monkey acrobatics where the primates swing from trees. Tropical Discovery is warm year-round and house with such colorful critters as Panamanian golden frogs and green tree pythons.
Toyota Elephant Passage has been called “the crown jewel of Denver Zoo.” It features two miles of interconnected trails on 10 acres of varied terrain. This large and complex habitat It houses Asian elephants, greater one-horned rhinos and Malayan tapirs who rotate among five unique, abundant habitats with mud wallows, scratching trees, shade structures and more than one million gallons of water for swimming and bathing to ensure active and healthy animals.
Other zoo attractions include the nursery and its baby animals, the zoo’s little natural gas-powered train and the enchanting carousel with endangered species instead of horses. Of the animal shows, playful seals and sea lions are always a hit. Try to time your visit around feeding times, during which staff offer tell visitors the zoo’s residents. Boo at the Zoo at Halloween and Zoo Lights during the Christmas-New Year holidays are extra-special.
The zoo is more than a place to learn about and enjoy animals. It is committed to management of the environment and its wealth of natural resources and biodiversity. The Department of Conservation & Research has supported more than 600 projects, both in the wild and at the zoo, since 1996.
Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver, 720-337-1400
Open every day of the year.
Summer Hours (March 1 to October 31): 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Grounds close at 6 p.m.)
Winter Hours (November 1 to February 28): 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Grounds close at 5 p.m.)
General Admission Prices
Ages 65+: $14
Ages 3-11: $12
Under age 2: Free