Details

Price

$50/Guest

What

30-minute tour, including special access to the zoo's outdoor hippo habitat.

Who

Guests 10 years of age and older.

When

This program is typcially offered in August and September. Fill out this form and we'll send you a reminder when it becomes available.

Also Included

  • One digital group photo
  • Souvenir sticker

Hippo Encounter

We're so hippo to meet you!

Meet long time Denver zoo resident Mahali the hippo during this up close and personal experience.  Participants will have exclusive access to the outdoor hippo habitat in our new encounter space, opportunities to learn from his keepers how they care for him, and help toss food to Mahali! Do you have what it takes to hit a four foot target from just a few feet away? Start practicing your aim! Please note that because of safety regulations, guests will not receive direct contact with the hippo, but rather will get a closer look than public perspective allows with exclusive access and interactions.

Restrictions

  • This encounter is for guests 10 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.
  •  Hippo Meet and Greet 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.
  • There is limited access for service animals in the hippo area. Please call 720-337-1400 to confirm.
  • This program is not recommended for persons with hay allergies.

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.

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