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 10:00-11:30 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

Your backstage pass to some of our most charismatic animals!

Are you looking for a more exclusive and in-depth look at Denver Zoo? If so, Backstage Experience is for you! Your private tour takes place 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, say hello to a llama or even meet a tropical bird. This exclusive tour includes a variety of up-close encounters, followed by two animal feeding or training demonstrations. When your experience wraps up, you are free to enjoy the zoo at your leisure.

Restrictions

  • This encounter is for guests 5 years of age and older.
  • Program fee does not include admission to Denver Zoo – admission tickets must be purchased separately.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paid participant that is 16 years of age or older.
  • This Up-Close Animal Encounter will occur rain or shine.
  • 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.
  • You must check in inside the Boettcher Welcome Center 15 minutes prior to the start time of your adventure. The exclusive nature of this experience makes joining the group late not possible.
  • All participants MUST have a paid ticket to take part in the encounter. Guests who have not purchased tickets will NOT be permitted to accompany paid participants for any part of the experience.
  • This encounter is not recommended for guests with airborne nut allergies. Call for more information.
  • There is limited access for service animals in the flamingo area. Please call 720-337-1400 to confirm.

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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