Full Circle understands the need for conservation efforts that can save many species that are endangered and close to extinction. In order to house those animals, zoo keepers have created habitats that can protect the animals and hopefully ensure their continued existence and possible regrowth. Today is Visit the Zoo Day and you have an added incentive to see the Zoo Lights Denver exhibit during this holiday season which runs until December 30th in Denver.

Why Visit The Zoo?

Back in the day, people who loved animals and wanted to see exotic animals from faraway places might feel excited to go to the zoo…but sad as they left it, because the grand animals they’d seen had been caged in tiny enclosures. Some people complained that, although zoos were very interesting places for people, they were depressing places for animals to live.


Thank goodness, that’s not true of most zoos, these days. Good zoos around the world have large, interesting enclosures for animals and, with the lack of predators and parasites, the medical care, and the fine-tuned-to-each-species meals, many animals’ lives inside zoos are as least as happy as those in the wild.


Also, modern zoos are responsible for important conservation efforts such as building back numbers of highly endangered species, and reintroducing these vulnerable animals into the wild. Modern zoos and wildlife sanctuaries and national parks communicate with one another and use a data base of the genetics on all the animals of a particular species so that they can maintain genetic diversity (variation), which helps the species overall.

Some people have said that zoos are a kind of ark that can save enough animals to repopulate, even if something dreadful happens to that animal in the wild.

Of course, education is also an important aspect of zoos. People learn about world animals even more when they see and hear them in real life than when they watch specials about them on TV. And real-life encounters are often important to making people CARE about animals, as well.

Naturally, research is another important part of modern zoos. Some research must be done with wild animals and untouched habitats, but we also learn a lot of crucial information when we try to mate, birth, and raise animals, when we try to keep them healthy, to move them, and so forth. Some of the lessons learned in zoos can be used with animals in the wild! And you can do fun things like going to Zoo Lights Denver.

Why Go To Zoo Lights Denver?

Well, it’s pretty spectacular – take a look at this video:

rudolph 4D at Zoo lights DenverFor 29 years, Zoo Lights has been transforming Denver Zoo into Colorado’s WILDEST winter wonderland. And this year, we’re Illuminated with Life—from a spectrum of luminous new experiences to all kinds of unexpected holiday fun!  
With more than two million lights sparkling over 80 acres, Zoo Lights is the perfect way to make special holiday memories in Denver’s most beloved community gathering place. Whether it’s a family tradition, fun with friends or date night, we invite you to light it up! Like Denver Zoo and our 3,000 wonderful animal residents, Zoo Lights is yours to explore. 


Experience the beloved holiday classic like never before—with immersive light, sound and motion!

Festival of Lanterns:

An eye-popping kaleidoscope of Asian-themed lanterns and light sculptures will adorn Toyota Elephant Passage’s pagodas, bridges and pathways, and the exhibit’s main plaza will transform into a Vietnamese-inspired Holiday Market, where guests can buy beautiful gifts and yummy holiday treats.


Pure holiday magic for all ages! Don’t miss this festive light show set to your favorite seasonal songs. 

Click here to buy your Zoo Lights tickets now and choose your preferred day, time and experience enhancements. Attendance is capped each night to maximize your experience and tickets will sell out fast, so don’t wait!

You can still get tickets, but they sell out fast for the day of.  If you plan ahead, you can probably get in!

So visit the zoo and have a great time!

Related articles you may be interested in – Can You Change The World of One Animal? and Raising Awareness for World Wildlife Conservation Day.

Attribution – Every Day is a Special Day and The Denver Zoo