Denver Zoo Map

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Bear Mountain

A national historic landmark built in 1918, Bear Mountain was the first naturalistic habitat of its kind in North America, based on giant plaster casts of rock outcroppings from an area near Morrison, Colorado. This concept was revolutionary in zoo design – people could see the animals at eye level in a natural habitat without apparent bars or fences. It’s currently home to grizzly bears, Asiatic black bears and coati.

Step into Denver Zoo and find yourself in Africa! Benson Predator Ridge is an award-winning exhibit where guests can meander through rock outcroppings and native brush to experience lions, hyenas and African wild dogs. The exhibit has set standards for both visitor and animal care expectations for zoos around the world. With rotational yards, different species may be seen in the exhibit at different times which allows animals to rotate through multiple habitats, stimulating their minds, expanding their experiences and providing important exercise opportunities.


From playful toucans to flocking flamingos, see nearly 200 species of birds. Walk through Bird World presented by Frontier Airlines, an indoor aviary where each room features a naturalistic habitat and aquatic ecosystem, most without barriers so birds can fly freely among zoo visitors. Guests can hand-feed colorful lorikeets at Lorikeet Adventure and learn more about Denver Zoo’s avian propagation program while walking through the Nurture Trail.

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When it opened in 1963, the Feline House was the most dramatic exhibit to
open since Bear Mountain. Now home to more than the members of the feline family like Amur tigers, Amur leopards and snow leopards, guests can also see stripped hyena and foosa.


Zoo guests can connect with our reticulated giraffes like never before with the special opportunity to hand-feed Dikembe, Heshimu, Masika and Kipele.

Thank you to our Hometown Toyota Stores for their support.

Northern Shores

Northern Shores brings the wonders of aquatic life to Denver. Home to popular daily California sea lion demonstrations, this exhibit showcases the power of the polar bear, the slick swimming skills of the seal and sea lion and cuteness of the river otter and arctic fox. Underwater viewing at both the polar bear and sea lion exhibit fascinate children and adults alike.


See hippos swim and wallow to their heart’s content while black rhinos romp in their outdoor yards or cozy up in their indoor quarters. Across from the real hippos, the bronze mother hippo with calf statue has become a favorite photo spot for generations of zoo guests.


Primate Panorama

Immerse yourself in the seven-acre habitat for Denver Zoo’s apes and monkeys, large and small. Tree-dwelling monkeys delight in the open-air wire mesh tents that soar four stories high and cover more than an acre of ground. Inside these tents, the monkeys play and climb on twisting vines, and drink from the cool streams.

The gorillas and orangutans roam freely in their separate spacious exhibits, climbing ropes and taking afternoon hammock naps in one of the most delightul great ape habitats in the world.


Tropical Discovery

Opened in 1993 after 11 years of planning, fundraising and construction, Tropical Discovery immerses visitors in a world of balmy jungles and coral reefs. An impressive project, the exhibit marked the completion of the 1959 master plan. Guests will be thrilled by the colorful, exotic creatures, including fish, amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles that live in Tropical Discovery.


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