The Denver Zoo

Whether you are a parent, in the company of kids, with friends, or just taking a solo vacation, one of the most exciting places to visit is the zoo. There is something about watching the wildlife that fascinates most of us and gives us a whole different perspective of life. It’s a great way to bond with nature and get away from the everyday hustles of a busy life.

While in Denver for the weekend, one of the best places to visit is the Denver Zoo. Annually, the Zoo is said to attract roughly more than 2 million visitors, including foreigners and locals. Opened in 1896, the 80-acre zoological garden is home to more than 500 species of animals that total roughly above 3500 by headcount. From larger mammals like elephants and primates to pachyderms, pandas, fish, birds, and reptiles, there’s a lot to see and take photos with at the Denver Zoo. Focusing more on what you will see there, here’s what a day at the Denver zoo looks like.

picture of the denver zoo entrance

Hoofed Mammals

The Denver Zoo is big enough to accommodate all types of animals. Here, you will find zebras, asses, pigs, camels, giraffes, and antelopes. The zoo is also renowned all over the world for housing and breeding herd horses. That is a clear indication that you will make memories at the heart of this zoo.


The birds that fill the skies come in different colors and sizes, but you will confuse different species if you are not keen. The area is enclosed in a nearly invisible wire mesh, making it easy for visitors to enjoy the creation. Visitors are allowed to feed the birds, so carry something for the winged-animal. It is also the home of a blue-streaked lory, which is the only typical lory in the exhibit. The state of the art facilities in this zoo provides the birds with a conducive environment for all birds.

The Tropical World

This is an exclusive building that exhibits tropical animals and environments. Some of the animals you will find here on the display include fish, amphibians, mammals, insects, and reptiles. During your day in this zoo, in this particular area, the first thing you will encounter is the South American river followed by a cave. In this cave, you will meet bats. Remember how the bats love the dark?

If you are afraid of snakes, do not make your way to this area because you will find all sorts of crawlers, including cobras, vipers, and rattlesnakes. Frogs and different kinds of fish will also grace your eyes in the river.

Primate Panorama

When you hear the word primates, what comes to mind? Monkeys, baboons, and apes, right? The Primate Panorama Spread stretches over 7 acres, with enough trees to home all these primates. The tree-dwelling primates: apes and monkeys live in the open.

On the other hand, other primates like the ring-tailed lemurs can twist on vines and swing on ropes. Despite being in the same habitat with the rest, they have their own outdoor area that suits their adaptations. While at it, keep in mind that even though they are all primates, they adapt to different environments. So as you walk around, the place you will realize that the habitats will change.

Bear Mountain

As you walk around the zoo, you will also come across this historic site, which was opened back in 1918. All the historic places find their way in the US National Register of Historic Places, where historic exhibits go into the record. This is also the first natural style zoo in North America to use simulated concrete rocks. After the renovation in 2018, the grizzly bears Kootenai and Tundra were rescued and moved to Harmony Hill, where they found their new home.

Predator Ridge-The Original Aviary Cats

The cat family is known to have the most dangerous animals in the wild. Feeding on flesh, this is an area you should visit with a lot of caution. In this part of the zoo, you will see Leos, tigers, pandas, wolves, mongooses, foxes, and just any predator that comes to mind. The cheetah also has its enclosure across the habitat.

There’s a lot to see in the Denver Zoo, one day will hardly be enough. Apart from these amazing animals, there are also other unique attractions, gothic buildings, and exhibits to marvel at. If you need food, drinks, or some supplies while at the zoo, you are not left out either. You can shop at the Kibongi market or the gift shop. If you didn’t bring your own food and drinks, you can also grab a bite at one of the zoo’s restaurants that serve a range of pre-packed offerings.

 The park is open to all from Monday to Thursday (8:30 AM –5:00 PM) and up to 6:00 PM on weekends. While admission is free for kids under 2 years, the admission ticket rates may vary depending on your age from 3 years and above.  

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