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5 Inspiring Reasons to Visit Denver Zoo

With more than 3,000 animals spanning 400-plus species, Denver Zoo is the wildest outdoor adventure in Colorado’s capital city. From LEGO®-brick lions to friendly stingrays and beyond, the 80-acre campus has something inspiring for everyone. 

Denver Zoo's newest arrival: a baby rhino
Denver Zoo's newest arrival: a baby rhino
Learn about the Zoo's all-male herd of Asian elephants.
Learn about the Zoo's all-male herd of Asian elephants.
Feed a giraffe on an Up-Close Animal Encounter.
Feed a giraffe on an Up-Close Animal Encounter.
Visit the Zoo for Nature Connects®, Art with LEGO® Bricks.
Visit the Zoo for Nature Connects®, Art with LEGO® Bricks.
Denver Zoo's baby lion
Denver Zoo's baby lion
See the active mandrills on your next visit.
See the active mandrills on your next visit.
Sea lions at a demonstration
Sea lions at a demonstration
Take your family to Zoo Lights, a Denver tradition.
Take your family to Zoo Lights, a Denver tradition.

1. Baby Boom

Nothing warms the heart like an adorable zoo baby, and the Zoo has had quite the boom! As you explore, be on the lookout for newcomers like Kylo the Grevy’s zebra, Kesi the mandrill, Joona the greater one-horned rhino, Cerah the orangutan and two brand-new lion cubs (half-siblings to Tatu).  

They’re all thriving, and it’s fun to see their unique personalities coming through. During your visit, you’ll learn why each of these youngins is vital to the survival of their vulnerable and endangered species — and how Denver Zoo participates in a national effort to save wildlife for future generations. 

2. Brick-by-Brick

Nature Connects®, Art with LEGO® Bricks, the award-winning traveling exhibit from Artist Sean Kenney, returns to this outdoor paradise July 17–Nov. 1, 2020. With brilliant, detailed sculptures placed throughout the Zoo, the exhibit invites you to connect to the world’s vanishing species through larger-than-life art made entirely of LEGO® bricks.

It took Sean and his staff months and nearly a million LEGO bricks to create the sculptures, which feature a number of vulnerable, threatened and endangered species — including a snow leopard, monarch butterfly, whooping crane, coral reef, jeweled chameleon, black rhino, African lion and polar bear with her three cubs.

3. Future Foundation

If you’ve visited the Zoo in your lifetime, it’s guaranteed to be a different experience now. On your next trip, don’t miss Stingray Cove™. This new interactive experience gives you the opportunity to touch and feed an array of stingrays and sharks, at their discretion, of course, as they swim freely in their 15,000-gallon habitat. It’s home to safe-to-touch species like cownose and southern stingrays, along with gentle bonnethead, white-spotted bamboo and brown-banded bamboo sharks. 

You'll also notice some construction underway, which is reason for further excitement. The Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Animal Hospital, a 22,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility, will revolutionize veterinary care at the Denver Zoo when it opens later in 2020, enabling the Zoo’s team of renowned experts to continue their inspiring work.

4. Conservation Champions

Did you know every visit to Denver Zoo helps support the organization’s important work around the globe? The Zoo manages five field conservation programs on four continents; your ticket not only helps to provide care for the wild animals on campus — it also helps fund projects around the globe. 

Denver Zoo’s internationally recognized team has traveled to South Africa to help save abandoned flamingo chicks and to New Zealand to study the territories of the endangered kea. There are even opportunities to help in Colorado, with the Front Range Pika Project — in which citizen scientists are helping study the movement of this valuable — and adorable — species.

5. Use the App for Real-Time Info

Whether you’re crazy for capuchins, go gaga for grizzlies or are even mildly obsessed with any animal, let Denver Zoo’s free mobile app be your guide. With a map at your fingertips and GPS capabilities, you’ll always know where you are — and how to find your favorites. Want to get the inside scoop on the animal you’re looking at in real time? Simply press the elephant icon at the bottom of the app to unlock a whole world of facts about your furry friends.

Now that the Zoo has transitioned to 100 percent advance online ticketing with timed entry, the app is the easiest way to stay ahead of the pack.

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