Denver Zoo

2300 Steele St (Btw Colorado & York On 23rd), Denver, CO 80205
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    • 8:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 8:00 AM–3:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–7:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 8:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 8:00 AM–5:00 PM
  • Mon–Wed
    • 8:00 AM–2:00 PM
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Denver Zoo is home to 3,800 animals representing more than 650 species and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Denver Zoo's mission is to secure a better world for animals through human understanding.


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  • "... Lion show (2:30) the animals were really active and playful. Get a treat from..." (2 tips)
  • "The new Elephant Passage gives visitors a better look at a wide..." (2 tips)
  • "... black rhinoceros, elephants, vampire bats, orangutan, Komodo dragons..." (6 tips)

    The Denver Zoo has long been an innovator in re-creating realistic habitats: Bear Mountain, built in 1918, was the first animal exhibit in the U.S. constructed of simulated concrete rockwork.

    HISTORY · March 29, 2010
  • Colorado

    One of the nation’s most popular zoos, this City Park landmark takes you on a globetrotting safari. Go nose to nose with a polar bear, trade funny faces with gorillas and stretch necks with giraffes.

    Colorado · January 23, 2012
  • Chainsaw M.

    Get a yearly pass it is worth every penny! Read more

    Chainsaw M. · February 25, 2010
  • Rachel M.

    Go to Zoo Lights, dress in warm layers, bring handwarmers, and do not use a flash when taking pictures. Read more

    Rachel M. · December 30, 2009
  • 4sqBadge

    In 1896, a small, orphaned black bear named Billy became the first resident of Denver Zoo. Billy's adventurous helped mold the Zoo into a home to 3,800 animals representing more than 650 species. Read more

    4sqBadge · February 4, 2012
  • Justin R.

    ...sun screen and water. Lots of it.

    Justin R. · June 17, 2010
  • Phillip M.

    Zoo lights for a fun evening.

    Phillip M. · December 14, 2009
  • Scot P.

    Blub blub. Don't miss Tropical Discovery. A fantastic underwater adventure. Read more

    Scot P. · March 13, 2010
  • Dawn C.

    Good offering of zoological adventures. The polar bear enclosure is not to be missed.

    Dawn C. · January 19, 2010
  • 🌀 Tim G.

    Bring your own food.

    🌀 Tim G. · March 12, 2011
  • BestOf

    Winner of Best Denver Zoo Animal Babies 2011. See more of the best at Read more

    BestOf · September 9, 2011
  • Leith

    Join the Zoo's mailing list to learn about free events.

    Leith · January 29, 2011
  • Chris B.

    30 minutes before the Sea Lion show (2:30) the animals were really active and playful. Get a treat from the Northern Shores Cafe and enjoy watching the Sea Lions while you wait for the show to start.

    Chris B. · March 31, 2010
  • Scot P.

    Blub blub he said. Check out Tropical Discovery. A fine underwater adventure. Read more

    Scot P. · March 13, 2010
  • Jessica H.

    Be sure to thank the volunteers! They do so much- your experience just would not be the same without them. Ask them questions and learn some cool information!

    Jessica H. · February 24, 2013
  • greg k.

    The best part about the zoo is you can fart anywhere and nobody suspects you.

    greg k. · December 2, 2012
  • Daniel W.

    Go Early stay Late,The Food is Good.. Great Zoo.. Wear Walking shoes

    Daniel W. · November 7, 2011
  • Brian N.

    As you come in the gate - to right: elephants, bears, monkeys, birds, cheetahs. To the left: zebras, tigers, giraffes, polar bears, sea lions, fish and komodo dragons (Tropical Discovery).

    Brian N. · March 18, 2011
  • Jennifer A.

    Never feed our pet the animals here no mater how cute and cuddly they look

    Jennifer A. · March 17, 2011
  • Claire M.

    Best zoo I've ever been to! My 3 year old loved it too!

    Claire M. · April 6, 2013
  • Jackie F.

    Demonstration of teaching animal husbandry behaviors to the lions is way cool. An opportunity to see and hear them up close!

    Jackie F. · November 18, 2012
  • Neil R.

    Say hello to the snow leopards!

    Neil R. · January 17, 2012
  • Kathryn R.

    Get here when the doors open, head north, and you'll have most exhibits to yourself.

    Kathryn R. · May 26, 2010
  • Matt S.

    Count the Toyota logos at Toyota Elephant Passage

    Matt S. · October 2, 2013
  • Dab P.

    Don't come on warm sunny days, you won't get to see a single animal out.

    Dab P. · July 30, 2013
  • Ryan D.

    Finally a zoo with ample room for elephants. Great zoo. The map needs to be better though, a little more detail would help people not get lost.

    Ryan D. · July 27, 2013
  • Danielle M.

    Ride a B-Cycle to and from the zoo, the streets around it are very easy to ride. No hills, bike lanes or sharrows and traffic is pretty calm.

    Danielle M. · June 19, 2013
  • The Harlem Globetrotters

    The Harlem Globetrotters are teaching some summer skills clinics June 10-15. Bring the kids out to learn from the best! For more information Read more

    The Harlem Globetrotters · April 25, 2013
  • AIA National

    Begun in 1896 with an orphaned black beer the zoo has grown to cover 80 acres. It now houses 641different species and was the first zoo in the US to use naturalistic zoo enclosures rather than cages.

    AIA National · April 12, 2013
  • Cody R.

    It's nice and all, but I've never been to a zoo that you had to pay to get in. This should be free for instate residence.

    Cody R. · February 13, 2013
  • Tim A. M.

    Make sure to check on the new Asian exhibit while you're here!

    Tim A. M. · April 1, 2012
  • Brian N.

    If you need to warm up, both Bird World and Tropical Discovery are warm and toasty.

    Brian N. · January 14, 2012
  • Anthony S.

    If you're an animal lover....this place is a must!

    Anthony S. · January 3, 2012
  • Scot P.

    Members get in at 8:30. Amazing time for the animals.

    Scot P. · September 25, 2011
  • Sujata

    The new patio near the sea lions is a great place to have a snack and watch the show.

    Sujata · August 25, 2011
  • Angelina I.

    $1 military discount for entrance. Not very big but they are currently working on some better exhibits. Birds, fish & lizards are the biggies. The polar bear exhibit is nice, the sea lions are a hoot Read more

    Angelina I. · August 1, 2011
  • Kathleen M.

    Stop by the Lorikeets and say "HI" to Shaina

    Kathleen M. · March 6, 2011
  • SafetyWeb

    Great place to spend time with the family. For privacy, if you check in, consider doing so as you are leaving rather than upon arrival.

    SafetyWeb · December 22, 2010
  • Tirzha Z.

    Go early in the day and head the Lorikeet Adventure. $1 gets you nectar and the birds are plenty hungry and social so you'll get lots of face time!

    Tirzha Z. · April 24, 2010
  • Ron S. D.

    $1 hot dogs near the okapi and buffalo...

    Ron S. D. · February 17, 2010
  • J

    Elephants kill more than 500 people every year. They have also been known to rape and kill rhinos

    J · January 26
  • Pierre C.

    Check their website for free days and events.

    Pierre C. · January 11
  • Hampton Inn Denver-International Airport

    "Really, Denver zoo is incredible. Present there is a lot to observe (see) and complete (do)" Read more

  • Claire

    The new Elephant Passage gives visitors a better look at a wide variety of exciting animals.

    Claire · July 29, 2013
  • Ryan D.

    Burger sliders with tater tots from the food truck were delicious but got overcharged and didn't realize it until after. Double-check all the prices.

    Ryan D. · July 27, 2013
  • Danielle M.

    Stop to see if the elephants are taking a shower in the waterfall!

    Danielle M. · June 19, 2013
  • Ashley Chris F.

    Check out the baby zebra

    Ashley Chris F. · June 16, 2013
  • Tracey F.

    Get there early

    Tracey F. · June 9, 2013
  • Get Outdoors CO

    "Let the wild rumpus start!" After you check out Denver Zoo, come to City Park on Saturday, June 8th to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day. Explore dozens of outdoor activities for the whole family! Read more

    Get Outdoors CO · June 5, 2013
  • Tom M.

    I smell critter poo.

    Tom M. · May 28, 2013

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