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30 minutes

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.

Your Encounter Also Includes:

  • Digital Photo
  • Souvenir sticker


Guests 10 years of age and older


This program is typically offered in the fall. Click below on the register now button for available dates and times. 




  • This encounter is for guest 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. 
  • Cancellation Policy: A cancellation fee of 50% will be charged for cancelling with less than two weeks’ notice. A cancellation fee of 100% will be charged for a missed adventure. 
  • 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.