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Denver Zoo

Things to do


Nestled in the heart of Denver, the Denver Zoo is the perfect way to experience the incredible world of animals from across the globe. If you are in search of a family-friendly activity, the Denver Zoo offers something for all ages.

The Denver Zoo was founded in 1896 when an orphaned black bear was gifted to the mayor of Denver. As the mayor couldn’t take care of the bear himself, the keeper of City Park took it upon himself to raise the bear along with many of the animals that populated the park. Over time, the zoo has grown to house over 4,000 animals.

Within the walls of the Denver Zoo, visitors can find a wide variety of animals, ranging from elephants to grizzly bears to penguins. For those visitors who would like a more immersive experience, the mobile app, the Denver Zoo Audio Tour, provides an enjoyable walking tour through the 80-acre zoo.

One of the most fascinating features of the Denver Zoo is the Toyota Elephant Passage. This exhibit was designed to be the largest bull elephant exhibit in the world. Visitors to the zoo can find up to twelve elephants in this exhibit at one time.

Fortunately for visitors, the Denver Zoo is open every day of the year from 9 to 5. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate for $12 for children aged 3-11, $17 for people aged 12-64, and $14 for seniors 65 and older.

Charles Stoddard

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