Paper maps will be available at the Zoo. You may download this PDF in advance and use it on your mobile device while you're here.
Take a stroll through the Bird House and Bird Garden, Primate House, Herpetarium, Chain of Lakes and Peabody Hall to glimpse birds of all varieties, monkeys and lemurs, amphibians and reptiles, otters, swans and a wildlife art gallery.
Hoof it up to Red Rocks to be greeted by lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards, and pumas in Big Cat Country; zebras, giraffes, bantengs, babirusas, gazelles, red kangaroos, warty pigs, takins, okapis, Somali wild asses and other hoofed beasts in the Antelope Area.
Enter this immersion exhibit to see bush dogs, black rhinos, capybaras, anteaters, Asian elephants, hippos, red river hogs, carmine bee-eaters, cheetahs, hyenas, painted dogs, Andean bears, sun bears and more!
Walk on The Wild side to see grizzly bears, penguins & puffins, flamingos (seasonal), a polar bear, prairie dogs, red pandas, orangutans, chimpanzees, gorillas and more!
Animal buildings typically open beginning the first hour of operation (9-10 a.m. in off-season; 8-9 a.m. in summer). Our keepers work very hard to have animals in outdoor displays by 9 a.m. Due to husbandry concerns beyond our control, there may be times certain animals are not on display or certain animal buildings are closed to the public. You may occasionally see keepers working in an animal habitat. This is a great opportunity to ask our keepers about their work and the animals in their care!
Some of the animals are more active in the cooler hours of early morning and early evening. Occasionally, some animals may need to turn in early.
The current schedule for divers cleaning the Sea Lion Sound pools is 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. one day per week. That scheduled day changes weekly. The exhibit is still open when divers are in the pools, and visitors are welcome to go through the tunnel. Visitors may or may not see sea lions at these times.
What's there to see at the Zoo in winter? Plenty! Step inside warm climate-controlled buildings where you'll find hundreds of amazing animals and spectacular plant life. Tour tropical jungles, sandy beaches, a butterfly wonderland and much more at the Jungle of the Apes, Antelope House, Bird House, Herpetarium, Insectarium, and Primate House. Don’t forget to say hi to our frozen friends at Penguin & Puffin Coast!
For the Outdoor Enthusiast
See the winter-loving takins, grizzlies and sea lions. The Amur tigers, snow leopards, and camels have gorgeous new winter coats to show you. Ducks, geese and other waterfowl enjoy the cold months hanging out on the lakes. Visit the outdoor Antelope yards, Grizzly Ridge, Big Cat Country and Sea Lion Sound.
Winter Hours for Certain Amenities
The Living World and North Entrance will be available for visitors regardless of temperature as long as the Zoo is open. The Zoo is open daily year-round except Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
The Emerson Zooline Railroad, and Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel operate weather permitting. They do not operate during inclement weather or low temperatures. Please check with a Welcome Desk on the day of your visit to see what attractions are open.
- January 3 through February 28, 2021
- Monday-Thursday: The Wells Fargo Arrival Experience South Entrance including the Welcome Desk, Rentals and Safari Gift Shop will be closed. Guests should park in the North Lot and enter through the North Entrance in the Living World building.
- Friday-Sunday and holidays: The Wells Fargo Arrival Experience South Entrance will be open including the Welcome Desk.
*These are general guidelines and are subject to change, especially for special and private events and other weather conditions.