Denver Zoo Mission:
Inspiring communities to save wildlife for future generations.
If Denver Zoo receives 10% of the total donations made on Colorado Gives Day, we will receive 10% of $1.6 Million Incentive Fund - that's an additional $160,000!
Founded in 1896, Denver Zoo was part of the City of Denver Parks & Recreation Department until July 1956 when the city and Denver Zoological Foundation established a public/private partnership giving operation, management, and fundraising responsibilities to the non-profit Foundation that is governed by an elected board of trustees.
Denver Zoo reaches approximately 2 million people through on-grounds attendance and outreach programs. In addition, we have over 65,000 member households.
Denver Zoo was awarded The Association of Zoos and Aquariums' inaugural Green Award, ranking the zoo as the greenest zoo in the country for its outstanding sustainability practices. The zoo was recognized for leading efforts in sustainability through its Sustainable Management System, which provides an institutional-wide framework to identify, implement, measure, report, and improve operations to reduce the zoo's environmental impact.