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

Meet the stars of the Wildlife Show

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!

VIP Adventure

A private Zoo experience hosted by an expert guide

LORIKEET ADVENTURE

Rainbows of fun!

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