Details

Price

$50/Guest

What

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

Who

Adults and children of all ages looking for an exclusive group experience.

When

Tour from 10:00−10:30 a.m., then enjoy the Zoo at your leisure!

Backstage Experience Junior 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 photo
  • Souvenir sticker

Backstage Experience Junior Encounter

A hands-on experience for animal enthusiasts of all ages

Meet members of our charismatic animal ambassadors during this bite-sized Up-Close Animal Encounter – perfect for our youngest guests! During this private tour, you’ll get face-to-face with some of our animal ambassadors, like an anteater or a tortoise. There are over 90 animals for the zookeepers to choose from, so you never know who you're going to meet.  Spend time with our animal care staff as they show you what it takes to care for some of the animals that call Denver Zoo home. Backstage Experience Junior is an interactive and hands-on tour that’s great for all ages.

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 experience is open to guests of all ages. Please purchase an encounter spot for children ages 1 and older.
  • Program fee does not include admission to Denver Zoo. Zoo admission tickets must be purchased for guests age 3 and up – 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.
  • 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.

Registration

  • Please register online at least THREE weeks in advance of your preferred dates. We cannot guarantee any dates ahead of time.
  • You will receive confirmation on the selected encounter date within 4 business days of your submission. Requested dates are not guaranteed until confirmed by Denver Zoo.
  • If you have registration questions, please email animalencounters@denverzoo.org. Please do not email to inquire about date availability.

Reschedule Fee

  • Between 5 and 14 business days from your scheduled program date: $15.00 transfer 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.

Looking for a wild and unique gift?

A gift certificate for a Denver Zoo Up-Close Animal Encounter lets your special someone choose their unforgettable animal experience.