As one of Colorado’s most vital cultural cornerstones, Denver Zoo is dedicated to providing the communities we serve with an intimate, inspiring and informative first-hand encounter with the wonders of nature. But, while we proudly provide families with an accessible and inviting place to connect with wildlife—and one another—we’re so much more than that, too.
Our 84-acre campus is an enchanting urban field station, where 3,000+ wonderful wild animals serve as ambassadors for their wild counterparts all over the world. Our award-winning education and outreach teams spark curiosity for learners of all ages throughout metropolitan Denver. In addition, our global Field Conservation and Emergency Wildlife Response teams have worked tirelessly for more than two decades to protect species threatened by human encroachment, habitat loss and catastrophic events. As a non-profit organization, we rely on your support through memberships, visits and donations to instigate action on behalf of our endangered Earth, first by igniting AWE in our visitors. That’s why we’re more devoted than ever to our living our mission—Inspiring Communities to Save Wildlife for Future Generations—each and every day. The survival we ensure may be our own.
At Denver Zoo, conservation is a part of everything we do! We work with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to support animals through voluntary programs like the Species Survival Plan, a breeding program that facilitates the survival of many species by keeping zoo populations healthy and abundant. Additionally, Denver Zoo participates in conservation and research projects at the Zoo. Denver Zoo’s amazing animal residents enrich our lives, teach us something and connect us to nature. It is our honor to provide the best comprehensive care to ensure the health and well being of every individual. We provide the best balanced nutrition, engaging animal enrichment and veterinary care for our animals. At Denver Zoo we enhance the lives of our animals by providing them with mental and physical stimulation to promote natural and healthy behaviors like digging, tracking scents, swimming, dusting, climbing, foraging and playing. Denver Zoo is one of only a few zoos in the country that has a full-time curator dedicated to our animal behavior and enrichment programs.