Building the Future of Exceptional Animal Care


In 1982, Denver Zoo became a global leader in animal care with our world-class veterinary program and on-site animal hospital. While this facility served our population for nearly four decades, our tireless quest for excellence demands significant upgrades.

Now treating Denver Zoo animals, the NEW 22,000-square-foot Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Animal Hospital offers two treatment rooms, critical care units and a cutting-edge surgical suite—all supported by the most technologically advanced equipment in the industry. From the tiniest tree frog to a full-grown grizzly bear, every one of our animals is able to receive the care they need.

In addition to enabling world-class care for our 3,000+ animals, the new hospital will also provide a powerful connection to the millions of people in our Denver Zoo community. Thanks to an elevated viewing platform, the Schlessman Family Foundation Visitor and Education Center (opening in 2021) will allow guests—from regional school groups to families to visiting researchers—to witness first-hand our industry-leading veterinary care.


A Window Into Our World

Opening to the public in 2021, the state-of-the-art new hospital will feature a lobby of viewing windows, allowing guests to watch our expert team care for our animals in real time. If the treatment rooms are not in use, interactive video displays will educate guests on the many procedures, treatments and surgeries we perform each year to ensure our animals thrive.

Inspiring the Next Generation

While the care of our 3,000+ wild and wonderful animals is always our priority, Denver Zoo also understands that education is often the critical link between inspiration and action. We look forward to inspiring a new generation of animal scientists who will join us in our mission of Inspiring Communities to Save Wildlife for Future Generations.


to the citizens of Denver who approved the GOBond in 2017, as well as the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation and Schlessman Family Foundation—all of whom helped to provide us with the necessary funding for the new hospital.


Denver Zoo staff moved into the new Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Animal Hospital in fall 2020.