Denver Zoological Foundation

A nonprofit organization

Your donations make a difference! As a Colorado non-proft conservation organization, Denver Zoo relies on our generous donor community to help us fund the world-class care we provide to our 3,000+ animals—and protect their wild counterparts around the globe. Your donations ensure that we continue to live our mission —Inspiring Communities to Save Wildlife for Future Generations—each and every day.


Denver Zoo Mission: Inspiring communities to save wildlife for future generations.

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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