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At the new Coastal Exhibit, guests will enjoy their underwater interaction with a polar bear.

The Future of Denver Zoo is Dynamic

With the opening of Bear Mountain in 1918, we became the first American institution to benefit from the revolutionary concept that zoos should allow people to see animals at eye level, in natural habitats without bars or fences. And, with your help, Denver Zoo will continue to innovate.

Our city-approved master plan will create exhibits that give visitors unparalleled access to a world of exotic plants and animals–all within the gates of Denver Zoo.

Imagine an exhilarating experience that transports guests from a savanna in Africa, to a coastal village in the Pacific Northwest, to the Asian highlands, back to the closer-to-home experience of the Great Plains in the Rocky Mountains.

This multifaceted plan will create new terrains, state-of-the-art guest experience hubs and animal encounters, new paths, new education centers and the renovation of existing, historic buildings.

We’ll rely on our partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) to continue to support our education and engagement efforts, so that every encounter is not only fun, but also a learning experience that inspires action! But we need your help.

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Josie Stewart

Josie Stewart

Gift Planning Manager


Marianna DiVietro

Marianna DiVietro

Director of Major Gifts and Annual Fund