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Denver Zoo



An elephant takes a stroll at the Denver Zoo.

Photo © Nina Snyder

About the Zoo:

The Denver Zoo covers 80 acres in City Park, and more than 2 million people visited the zoo in 2012. The zoo opened its doors in 1896 with the donation of an orphaned black bear named Billy Bryan. Today, the zoo houses 3,500 different animals from across the world, representing more than 650 species.

In 2012, the zoo debuted its Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit, which features an Asian theme for Asian elephants and other mammals. The zoo received a facelift in 2004 with the opening of Predator Ridge, which gave the 50 African animals at the zoo larger dwellings in a more naturalistic setting.

The Denver Zoo also aids conservation efforts for endangered or threatened animals. The zoo is home to three species that have gone extinct in the wild, and also provides a habitat for 188 endangered or threatened species.

The Denver Zoo is one of several organizations that receives support from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, which also funds free days at Denver museums. "This outstanding community support helps us in our mission to secure a better world for animals through human understanding here in Colorado and throughout the world," said Craig Piper, president and CEO of the zoo, in a statement.

More: Photos of the Denver Zoo

Hours and Admission:

The zoo is open 365 days of the year. Admission prices may change during the year. Please visit denverzoo.org for current prices.

Hours for 2014:
Winter (Jan. 1 - Feb. 28, 2014 and Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, 2014): 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.)
Summer (March 1 - Oct. 31, 2014): 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last admission at 5 p.m.)

Admission for 2014:
Winter: Adults $12, Seniors $10, Children $8
Summer: Adults $15, Seniors $12, Children $10
Children under 2 years old are always free.

Directions and Address:

The Zoo is located at 2300 Steele St. in the center of City Park. Take Colorado Blvd. and then turn on 23rd Ave. when you see the sign for the Zoo. Parking is free but can fill up early, especially during the summer.

Denver Zoo
2300 Steele St.
Denver, CO 80205
Phone: 303-376-4800

Don't Miss It:

Make sure to visit the sea lions and take a spin on the carousel during your visit, as well as the Elephant Passage.

  • Sea Lion Feeding - A favorite of children and adults alike, the sea lion feedings take place at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily.
  • Toyota Elephant Passage - Making its debut in 2012, the Elephant Passage features an upgraded habitat for the zoo's pachyderm population.
  • Zoo Lights - During the holidays, festive lights are strung up across the zoo grounds, some in the shape of animals. More: Photos of Zoo Lights
  • Endangered Species Carousel - The carousel features 48 hand-carved animals, but of endangered species instead of horses. Tickets are $2.


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