Denver Zoological Foundation

A nonprofit organization

At Denver Zoo, our animals are family—and that means going above and beyond to make them feel at home. With more than 3,000 wild and wonderful individuals spanning over 450 species, it takes innovation to identify those special details that can make a real difference in their lives. Here’s how your Colorado Gives Day donation can help:

You can help Pearl, our Matschie’s tree kangaroo shine! Your support can give Pearl a soaring treetop home to help her continue to thrive. 

Even pachyderms need playtime! Ensure that even our largest animals, such as hippopotamus, Mahali has enrichment items to stimulate his mental and physical health. 

Denver Zoo is always looking for opportunities to combine species that would naturally cohabitate in the wild. Your support can fund a multi-species habitat for zebra, giraffe and ostrich—giving these three African species the chance to interact as they might on the savanna!

The support we receive today sustains our animals throughout the coming year. Please consider making a donation today. 


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 $1.4 Million Incentive Fund - that's an additional $140,000!

Background Statement

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.

Organization Data


Organization name

Denver Zoological Foundation

Year Established




Organization Size

Large Organization


2300 Steele Street
Denver, CO 80205

Service areas

Denver County, CO, US



Main Number

720-337-1400 71460

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