Up-Close Animal Encounters

If you’ve ever dreamed of getting nose to beak with a penguin, smelling the fish on a sea lion’s breath or getting the insider's scoop on elephants, then Up-Close Animal Encounters at Denver Zoo are for you. Up-Close Animal Encounters provides guests with a one of a kind experience by combining exclusive animal encounters, intimate keeper interactions and guided tours.

Tiger Encounter

Experience The EDGE through the eyes of a tiger!

TROPICAL DISCOVERY ENCOUNTER

See what crawls, slithers and hops beneath the jungle canopy

SEA LION ENCOUNTER

Make a splash with these flippered friends

RHINO ENCOUNTER

Come mingle with these gentle giants!

PENGUIN ENCOUNTER

No tuxedo required

BACKSTAGE EXPERIENCE JUNIOR ENCOUNTER

A hands-on experience for animal enthusiasts of all ages

BACKSTAGE EXPERIENCE ENCOUNTER

Your backstage pass to some of our most charismatic animals!

ELEPHANT ENCOUNTER

A trunk-ful of fun!

HIPPO ENCOUNTER

We're so hippo to meet you!

Flamingo Encounter

Join the flock!

Up-Close Look: Lemurs

An in-depth look at one of the most popular animals at the Zoo

GIRAFFE ENCOUNTER

Connect with our reticulated giraffes like never before!

Predator Ridge Encounter

We’re Going to Hear You Roar!

Lorikeet Adventure

Rainbows of fun!

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.