- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 5, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Visitors to the Oklahoma City Zoo will soon be able to view lab work and surgeries at a new animal hospital.

Zoo officials expect the new hospital to open in the fall and be open to the public by winter, The Oklahoman reports (https://bit.ly/UN3NSD ).

Visitors will get to watch as meals are prepared for zoo animals. There will also be monitors in a viewing area that will show information about medical procedures being performed.

“This will be a great opportunity for the general public to learn what it takes to care for a collection this size,” said zoo veterinarian Jennifer D’Agostino. “We can incorporate our conservation messages in with it, as well.”

Construction on the 20,000-square-foot Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital began last year. About $4.5 million for the new facility came from sales tax revenue. Another $4.5 million was raised through donations.

The new building will help alleviate space issues at the zoo’s current facility that opened more than 30 years ago.

Deputy Director Alan Varsik said having such a facility accessible to the public is unusual for zoos.

“That’s really the most exciting part of the project,” he said. “We can show the ways we care for our animals to our guests. They will get to see firsthand how we do that through treatment, or surgery or from a lab perspective. Even how we prepare diets. One of the fun parts of what we do is sharing what we do.”


Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com



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