Denver Zoo proposes ticket price increase to $20 for adults

DENVER -- The price of tickets to visit the Denver Zoo could soon cost more money.

Zoo administrators said Wednesday that extra money is needed for operating expenses.

Officials went to the city to make their pitch to hike the price by 14 percent.

Adult ticket prices would go up $3 to $20, while a child's ticket would go from $12 to $14.

The money would be used for daily operating expenses.

“That’s going to allow us to accomplish quite a few things," zoo spokesman Andrew Rowan said.

Things such as making repairs and renovations and buying better food for the animals. It would also allow the zoo to offer better pay to keepers and veterinarians.

“I’m not opposed to it," zoo visitor Melissa Bollacker said. "I think that the zoo is a great part of the city and I think it’s something that we need to upkeep and maintain.”

But there is concern the increase would hurt a family's pocketbook.

“I don’t know if you’ll be able to get that many people coming here," said Nasreen Sayed, who has a season pass. "I understand the expenses that you need, but I don’t know, I don’t know, $17 is pretty high.”

To stay competitive and keep growing, the zoo said it needs to raise prices.

The Denver City Council could discuss increasing the price of tickets next month. If it passes, the price increase could take effect in April or May.