Zoo Miami is building a new “world-class” animal hospital after receiving a generous grant from the state of Florida.
The Zoo Miami Foundation received $100,000 from the state Thursday, a news release said. The money will go toward the hospital’s construction and renovation of the building.
The zoo’s current hospital was built in 1985. It contains surgical and exam rooms, a research laboratory, indoor and outdoor recovery rooms and multiple offices.
But officials say the structure needs to be revamped.
“[…] The current facility has reached a threshold where facilities and equipment are inadequate to meet the ever-growing demands placed upon them,” the release said.
The new hospital’s construction will be completed in three phases. Phase I will consist of treatment wing addition and interior improvements of the existing building; phase II will focus on the construction of the animal holding area; phase III will center on the renovation and expansion of the laboratory and offices.
The team at Zoo Miami’s hospital manages the preventative and urgent care for nearly 3,500 animals, many of which are endangered.
It is unclear when construction of the new hospital will be complete.