Details

Price

$100/Guest
Maximum group size is 8.

What

90-minute behind-the-scenes tour with some of the zoo's most personable and interactive animals!

Who

Adults and children ages 5 and up.

When

Tour from 9:00-10:30 am, then enjoy the zoo at your leisure!

Backstage Experience availability is limited and dates offered vary. Please check registration page for available dates. Only one experience can be offered on a given day.

Also Included

  • One digital group photograph
  • Souvenir sticker

Backstage Experience Encounter

Meet the stars of the Wildlife Show

Are you looking for a more exclusive and in-depth look at Denver Zoo? If so, Backstage Experience is for you! Begin your private tour behind-the-scenes with our animal ambassadors. Animal ambassadors welcome attendees to special events, visit schools and even make media appearances, but zoo guests don’t usually get to visit their home. This backstage area has over 90 animal residents, so you might get to touch a turtle, be tickled by a tamandua’s tongue or meet even tropical bird. This exclusive tour includes a variety of up-close encounters, followed by an animal feeding or training demonstration. Then, it’s off to meet the stars of the Wildlife Show, where you’ll go behind the scenes to see how we care for these charismatic animals. Prepare to be dazzled by colorful parrots, majestic birds of prey, and mammals both prickly and fuzzy. When your experience wraps up, you are free to enjoy the zoo at your leisure.

What to wear

Closed-toed shoes, a comfortable shirt and pants or shorts. Dress for the weather! Portions of the tour will be held outside regardless of weather conditions.

What to bring

Your signed confirmation sheet and a camera (photo opportunities will be provided).

Restrictions

  • This encounter is for guests 5 years of age and older.
  • Experience will occur rain or shine.
  • You must check in inside the Boettcher Welcome Center 15 minutes prior to the start time of your experience.

Reschedule Fee

  • Between 5 and 14 business days from your scheduled program date: $15.00 fee per ticket.
  • Less than 5 days before the encounter, changes are not permitted and payment is non-refundable. A fee of 100% will be charged for a missed encounter.

Cancellation Fee

  • Between 5 and 14 business days from your scheduled program date: 50% of total program cost.
  • Less than 5 days before the encounter, changes are not permitted and payment is non-refundable. A fee of 100% will be charged for a missed encounter.
  • Guests under 16 must be accompanied by a paid participant that is 16 years of age or older.
  • Backstage Experience is open to guests ages 5 and up.
  • Denver Zoo reserves the right to re-route or cancel any tour due to animal health or safety concerns. In the event of cancellation, efforts will be made to reschedule you on a later date.

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