Program areas at Denver Zoological Foundation
Animal sciences: Denver zoo's mission is inspiring communities to save wildlife for future generations. Our largest program area is caring for our animal residents. Denver zoo is a recognized leader in all areas relating to quality care for our animal collection as we are focused on providing the best nutritional, emotional, social, and physical care possible.denver zoo is accredited by the aza and recently certified by american humane. Animal welfare is everyone's job at Denver zoo - all staff have annual required training on this important topic.
Guest services: Denver zoo exists to help our community connect with wildlife here and around the world so that we can all be part of the solution to helping species thrive. Our passion and reason for being is to inspire communities to save wildlife for future generations.we achieve this by providing an outstanding guest experience each and every day. In 2019, Denver zoo served nearly 1.9m people through zoo visits and outreach programs. The zoo monitors and evaluates the visitor experience through a mystery shopper program, guest comment cards and extensive guest satisfaction surveys. (see schedule o)denver zoo brings the wonder of animals and nature to people like no other place in the city. Where else in Denver can parents and children hear the squeal of a tapir, be splashed by a sea lion, or touch the 18 inch long tongue of a giraffe? Interacting with animals and the staff and volunteers who passionately introduce them to guests makes Denver zoo a unique destination. Pathways, gardens, signs, and every part of the zoo environment engages the senses and transports guests to new places. Hands-on exploration and self-guided discovery are key aspects throughout the park, helping foster human and animal connections and cultivating moments of awe.
Learning experiences: Denver zoo's learning & engagement team aims to help students, families, and communities connect with the environment, become scientific thinkers, and ultimately champions for animals. In 2019, Denver zoo, with the help of dedicated supporters, awarded more than $214,000 to high-need individuals, classes, schools, aftercare sites, community centers, civic groups, and more. These scholarships supported nearly 30,000 people who participated in a wide variety of early childhood and youth education programs, including field trips, camps, overnight experiences, outreach programs, transportation reimbursement, and other stipends (see schedule o)that connect our community to the wonder of animals.approximately half of the zoo's education programs are conducted off the zoo campus in surrounding communities, with nearly 37,000 participating in special "zoo to you community outreach" programs in 2019. These programs served many members of low income and at-risk populations. The average free and reduced rate of the schools served by "zoo to you community outreach" programs was 66%. The average combined non-white ethnicities of the schools' student demographics were 65%, (49% hispanic or latino).one of the educational highlights of 2019 was expanding our efforts in connecting children and families to nature through nature play programming. We're committed to helping families connect with the natural world and the wonderful nature we have right in downtown denver.now at the zoo, families can explore and play in nature at the brand new zofnass barclay family nature play trail, which opened in october 2019.