A Plan for the Future
First Master Plan Guides the Zoo
Guided by the master plan, Denver Zoo continued to flourish with creative new ways to connect zoo guests to the diverse animals living at the zoo. In 1975 Bird World opened to great fanfare as visitors were able to feel rainforest mist, view mountain waterfalls and sandy shorelines in an open-air aviary featuring dozens of bird species.
Northern Shores brought the wonders of the aquatic life to Denver in 1987 and provides zoo guests with an underwater vantage point to watch the graceful beauty of seals, sea lions and polar bears. The final piece of the 1959 Master Plan was put into place in 1993 with the addition of Tropical Discovery, an immersive experience that surrounds visitors with a world of steamy jungles and coral reefs and that is home to hundreds of fish, amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles, filling a conspicuous void in the zoo’s collection.