March 16, 2020

March 13, 2020


The Zoo Will Close to Guests Following Updated Guidance from the CDC and State of Colorado; Continue to Provide Excellent Care to 3,000 Animals

Based on updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Colorado restricting public gatherings of 50 or more people, Denver Zoo will close to the public at 4 p.m. today. All scheduled events and programs, including spring break camps, Up-Close Animal Encounters and community outreach programs, will be canceled or rescheduled to a later date. The Zoo will continue to assess the situation, and reopen and resume normal operations at the appropriate time.

Denver Zoo is electing to close out of an abundance of caution and to do its part to help protect the community from further spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Starting on Tuesday, March 17, the Zoo will enact new operational procedures that will close its gates to guests, but enable its operations staff to continue to work onsite to provide vital care to its nearly 3,000 animals and infrastructure. This includes the Zoo’s dedicated caretakers, nutrition specialists and veterinarians, who will continue to provide the highest standards of professional care and welfare for all animals onsite.

The Zoo invites the community to continue to experience, explore and learn about wild animals online through its website and social media channels—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Visitation, Programs and Events

  • The Zoo will close to the public at 4 p.m. on March 16, 2020. Zoo leadership will continue to assess the situation and recommendations from local, state and federal officials to determine the appropriate time to resume normal operations.
  • Tickets purchased for canceled spring break camps, Up-Close Animal Encounters and outreach programs will be refunded. Refunds can be obtained by calling the Zoo’s Guest Care Center at 720-337-1400 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.
  • The free day on Thursday, April 9 is postponed and will be rescheduled.

Animal Care and Operations

  • Animal Care professionals will continue to provide vital nutritional, medical, emotional and physical care to the Zoo’s nearly 3,000 animal residents around the clock.
  • Guests can donate to help offset the cost of care for our animals during this time by visiting denverzoo.org/donate.