Local Adventures: The Denver Zoo!
Disclosure: I'm so excited to partner with the Denver Zoo on this post! Thanks to them, my family and I were provided with free admission and refreshments. No other compensation was given. However, all thoughts are 100% my own and I stand by them. Thank you so much for supporting the organizations who collaborate with LivingMySomeday!
I've always been a lover of the zoo! Since I was kid, going to the zoo was THE field trip to end all field trips. Seeing the wide variety of animals not only fueled my sense of adventure, but reminded me of the precious lives with whom we share this planet. In addition to being a source of entertainment, the zoo was the first place where I heard words like "conservation" and "animal welfare", and learned the true importance of recycling. For example, when I found out birds were choking on those plastic six-pack holders, I immediately made it my job to cut them up before throwing them away. My family didn't understand why I cared, but I remained undeterred, carefully snipping each ring in an attempt to apply some of what I'd learned at the zoo.
Today, many years later, now a wife and mom, my love for the zoo hasn't waned; in fact, I enjoy it all the more because I have the opportunity to share it with my children. The Denver Zoo is one of my favorites because it was one of the first places we visited after relocating to Colorado, last year. Not only is it beautiful, but also committed to educating its visitors. In addition to hosting a number of hands-on exhibits like the Lorikeet Adventure, the staff are friendly and knowledgeable, readily-available to answer questions. We had such a wonderful time that I couldn't help but snap a few pics (and record a bit of video) to share with y'all as part of the latest installment in my Local Adventures series! The Denver Zoo is quite large, so I couldn't include every animal below, but I wanted to highlight some of our favorite exhibits and experiences in order to give a sense of just how special this place is, to Colorado residents and visitors alike. I highly encourage spending a day here if you get the chance!
A few tips:
Check the weather report! Even if it says it'll be sunny, consider bringing an umbrella just in case. We almost got caught in a storm, lol!
Wear lightweight, breathable clothes and comfortable shoes as the Denver Zoo is sizable! Stay hydrated and take breaks whenever you feel the need.
Bring a stroller or carrier for little legs. In addition to giving babies and toddlers a break, it also ensures their safety. The zoo has wagons and kiddie jeeps available for rent, as well.
Feel free to pack a lunch and have a picnic on the grounds! We love picnics, so I think we'll do this on our next visit.
Hats, sunscreen, and/or sunglasses are a great addition on sunnier days.
Have more questions? Check out the Denver Zoo's FAQ section right here!
Not sure if it stems from our shared love of salmon, but grizzly bears are one of my favorite animals. They're also completely intimidating and terrifying, especially standing at a full height of well over six feet!
After a bit, we made our way to the Primate Panorama, which is a beautiful part of the Denver Zoo. Most of the apes and monkeys were inside where the light was low, so I recorded videos of them instead, but I wanted to point out some of important features of this part of the park. First, the drums! My kids love 'em.
Secondly, these colorful and informative displays are also a highlight because they expose kids (and adults) to international animal rights issues that concern the creatures they're looking at. It's important to make those connections early and often.
Third, this family restroom is fantastic! It's large enough for a group, but comfortable enough for a nursing mom and baby. I love that it's a separate building, too.
Surprise! The Primate Panorama is not just for primates; this Red River Hog walked right up to the glass and spent some time with us.
Next up, the Lorikeet Adventure! Grab a cup of nectar for $2 and feed some of the most colorful birds you've ever seen! They can and do bite, so be careful with little hands. Also, make sure to look down on the ground while you're in the enclosure so as not to accidentally step on a lorikeet. There's no strollers allowed for this reason. For more information on this opportunity, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.
On the way to the Toyota Elephant Passage, we had to stop and see the hippo! It was a warm day, so I can't blame it for wanting to stay in the water.
Spending some time in the tuk tuk is a must! Hard to tell from this photo, but they're surprisingly roomy.
Learning about Buddhist prayer wheels before taking a break for lunch.
Before we resumed with the day's adventures, we grabbed a quick bite to eat from the Kamala Café! Thanks to the generous portions, we were able to share two delicious bowls: Chicken Teriyaki with rice + veggies and pork with noodles + peanut sauce. Both were enjoyed and devoured!
Check out this Lego lion! It took over 50,000 pieces to bring him to life!
These photos are just the tip of the iceberg that was our adventures at the Denver Zoo! Like I mentioned before, you've got to watch the video in order to get an idea of what we saw and experienced. We had an unforgettable time and I can't thank the Denver Zoo enough for partnering with me and making the day possible!