Building the Future of Exceptional Animal Care

EDUCATION + INSPIRATION

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.

Slated to be fully operational by fall 2020, the NEW 22,000-square-foot Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Animal Hospital will offer 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 12,000-pound bull elephant, every one of our animals will be 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 Visitor and Education Center will allow guests—from regional school groups to families to visiting researchers—to witness first-hand our industry-leading veterinary care.

KEY FEATURES

A Window Into Our World

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, a large video wall 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 lovers who will join us in our mission of Inspiring Communities to Save Wildlife for Future Generations.

DENVER ZOO IS INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL

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

hospital sponsors

Denver Zoo staff began moving into the new Helen E. and Arthur Johnson Animal Hospital this fall.

The veterinary staff will be accepting patients soon.