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.