(Salt Lake City, UT)–Just one year ago, Hogle Zoo broke ground on a new Animal Health
Center, a facility which
would revolutionize the treatment and care of Hogle Zoo’s animal collection.
Now in less than a week, the L.S.
Skaggs Animal
Health Center
will open and stand as a key part of Hogle Zoo’s Master Plan. 


The L.S. Skaggs
Animal Health
Center, funded in part by
a generous donation from the ALSAM Foundation, is a state-of-the-art animal
care facility that will allow the veterinary staff to provide an unprecedented
level of care for all of Hogle Zoo’s nearly 900 animals. The new building
nearly doubles the amount of treatment, hospital and quarantine space Hogle Zoo
has previously maintained, while providing holding capabilities for larger
animals, dedicated hospital wards and a large treatment room. This care center
exceeds all of the criteria required by the United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).


According to Dr. Nancy Carpenter, Hogle
Zoo Associate Director–Animal Health, "Completion of the new L.S. Skaggs Animal Health
Center is the next step into the
future of animal health care at Utah’s
Hogle Zoo. This 7,200 square foot facility will enable the veterinary staff to
treat critically ill patients, house larger and more dangerous animals than in
the previous hospital and to provide advanced diagnostics during routine
physical exams." She continues, "Along with the Behavioral Management
Program (enrichment and training) which is part of the veterinary department,
the animal health care staff is equipped to provide a more holistic approach to
the life care of our animals; mentally and physically." Dr. Carpenter and the
rest of the Hogle Zoo veterinary staff are excited by this opportunity, and
look forward to the possibilities this hospital brings.

In addition to providing outstanding
animal care, the Animal
Health Center
continues Hogle Zoo’s commitment to conservation. As such, the L.S. Skaggs
Animal Health
Center is on track for
LEED Gold certification. The ways this new building reaches LEED standards
include energy recovery mechanical units, low voltage lights with occupancy
sensors and water efficient plumbing fixtures. Photovoltaic (solar) panels
cover the roof to provide on-site renewable energy. Daylighting in the animal
areas, provided through skylights and windows with low-e coatings, will reduce
the need for artificial lighting and, according to veterinary staff, natural
light can speed healing and reduce stress in animals. Planting outside the
building will consist entirely of drought tolerant, native species which will
eliminate the need for irrigation.


Hogle Zoo’s previous animal hospital was
constructed in 1980 with an addition built in 1984, but the facility remained
cramped both for both zoo staff and animals. Not only was the hospital small,
but the concrete block building proved to be poorly insulated, and the two
small windows in the office areas left most of the building without natural
light. The Zoo made a commitment to improve the quality of the hospital, not
only for zoo animals and staff, but also for the public by creating a much more
visually-appealing building visible from Sunnyside Avenue. Additionally,
construction of the L.S.
Skaggs Animal Health
Center was designed to
use part of the old animal hospital for cost reduction while also recycling
building materials, thus allowing 83% of construction waste to be diverted from


Visit Hogle Zoo online at www.hoglezoo.org or for more information,
contact Community Relations Coordinator Holly
Braithwaite by email at hbraithwaite@hoglezoo.org or call
(801) 584-1729.


About the Association of Zoos & Aquariums: Utah’s Hogle Zoo is one of only 221 institutions
accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).  Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a
zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated
to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a
better future for all living things.  AZA
is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals
in their native habitats. For more information visit www.aza.org.


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