Debuting in June 2012, the Denver Zoo’s hottest new attraction is the 10-acre Toyota Elephant Passage, a look at the animals of Asia. Formerly Asian Tropics, the expansive $50-million complex is divided into three thematic habitats. Bodhi, Asian elephant at the Elephant Passage — Photo courtesy of Denver Zoo
A must-stop is the Preserve habitat’s Elephant Bridge, an overhead passage for elephants, rhinos and tapirs. The Asian Village habitat is the hub of the exhibit where you learn to understand and appreciate these Asian animals and their relationships with humans, while the Village Outpost is a simulation of a rural village’s struggle to co-exist with elephants.
The Toyota Elephant passage is a LEED-certified $50-million Asian Tropics-themed exhibit that includes six sprawling outdoor yards, three animal crossings, and more than 1.1 million gallons of water for the exhibit animals to enjoy. The exhibit is powered by an exciting, environmentally-friendly biomass gasification technology, which turns human trash and animal waste into energy. Rhino at the Elephant Passage — Photo courtesy of Denver Zoo
Although the new exhibit is free with admission, the Toyota Elephant Passage does currently require reserved time tickets which are available online. The zoo is is one of many things to do in Denver's City Park neighborhood.