Building is underway to construct a brand new, state-of-the-art animal well being middle at Syracuse’s Rosamond Gifford Zoo. The Associates of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo has launched a $1.1 million greenback capital marketing campaign to lift cash for brand spanking new diagnostic and therapy gear.
Onondaga County has allotted $7.5 million for the design, engineering, building, and landscaping of the constructing.
“It’s going to be an incredible, superb expertise,” mentioned Zoo Director Ted Fox. “Not just for the animals and their welfare which we’re all so enthusiastic about, however the guests. Now, not solely are you able to see into the surgical procedure and therapy suites, however you’ll be capable of see into the ICU unit, so if we’re hand elevating a child animal you’ll be capable of expertise and see that.”
The brand new well being middle can be 10 instances bigger than the present well being care clinic on the zoo. It plans to incorporate the supplies wanted to deal with and take a look at for EEHV, the virus that killed two child elephants on the zoo in December. The zoo has began a fund particularly in honor of Ajay and Batu.
The zoo hopes to increase that mission to assist different animals, too.
“There are many different ailments that want house, lab house and know-how to work with,” mentioned Fox. “We’re hoping to try this. It is likely to be one thing for canids, all of the wolf populations which are fighting sure issues, or felids, cats or no matter, so we’re attempting to determine that now.”
The zoo will proceed its partnership with Cornell College School of Veterinary Medication, by bringing Cornell veterinarians to follow on the zoo and permitting residents, interns, and college students to get hands-on expertise.
The zoo additionally hopes to get its smallest guests concerned. The well being middle may have areas the place children can faux to be veterinarians with plush toys, and enormous home windows, the place children can watch animal care in motion.
Native mother and father are excited for the middle to open.
“I feel that’s nice,” mentioned frequent zoo customer Allison Philips. “I feel to have one thing in our city could be superb to assist the animals, and we might get perhaps extra animals to the zoo.”
“That’s going to be superior,” mentioned dad or mum Rachel Elliott. “I’m a primary grade trainer as nicely, so I’m actually excited that perhaps sometime I can take my first graders there.”
The brand new clinic is scheduled to open this September.
The zoo is encouraging anybody fascinated with sponsoring a part of the brand new middle to contact Associates of the Zoo Improvement Director Heidi Sturdy at (315) 435-8511 X8526