“ Address: Steele St / Denver / Colorado / USA / 80205 / Tel: +1 303 376 4800 „
As Zoo's go I think that Denver Zoo, Colorado is one of the best I have seen in a long time. I know that Zoo's aren't always seen in the best light these days, often seen as an antiquated attraction. However this Zoo is colourful and vibrant with a good education program for the kids and a run of breeding programs.
So I was there just for a day out with friends, lots of parking which was nice. Once though the main gates you see the large lion enclosure, with large high rocky outcrops for the beasts to sunbath and when they aren't asleep I guess people hope there will be a lion king moment. It's impressive as they also share the same enclosure with Wild African dogs and next door are the Hyenas.
The Zoo is easy to navigate around and is disabled and buggy friendly as expected with refreshment, toilets all at the entrance and a few dotted around the site. Outside you will see all the large herbivores like the elephants and other grazers. Inside you can see inside some of the creatures dens getting very close to Leopards, Tigers, Panthers and the like, its very enticing stuff. There is also a interesting tropical area for the lizards and snakes. Its constructed like a cake with rock pools with the animals in, fine mist is continuously sprayed from above, showering down among the many tropical plants and ferns.
I have a mixed feeling about Zoo's. I don't like seeing animals caged up anymore than the next person but this Zoo does provide some of the best conditions I have seen. Regardless it's a winner with families as a great day out and for me I couldn't deny that I enjoyed the experience of being close to, and seeing animals I never would expect to get a chance to see in the wild.
I advise taking a pack lunch or picnic to say money on eating out and if possible try to go on a less hotter day as all the animal just lazy in the sun or shade! Also check online to coincide your trip with the lions feeding time.
Personally my high light was seeing the spotted hyenas as they are under rated and look much bigger in real life