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July 15, 2021

Denver Zoo opens new animal hospital to visitors

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The Denver Zoo opened the new Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Animal Hospital to zoo visitors in June. The hospital, which began operations last fall, was funded by the Elevate Denver Bond Program passed by Denver voters in 2017 and various donors, including the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation and the Schlessman Family Foundation. The 22,000-square-foot facility will give guests an opportunity to watch veterinary team members in action as they care for the more than 3,000 animals at the zoo. The hospital features the Schlessman Family Foundation Visitor and Education Center, two treatment rooms, a diagnostic laboratory, a surgery suite, and a CT scanner.

Vet tech examines an African wild dog
A veterinary technician at the Denver Zoo examines an African wild dog at the new Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Animal Hospital. (Courtesy of Denver Zoo)