Every new animal that comes to the zoo will spend his or her first 30-90 days in the hospital quarantine facility. This facility is equipped with multiple holding areas designed to accommodate everything from small birds, reptiles and amphibians to large carnivores and hoof stock. When new animals arrive, they are transported to the hospital and transferred into the appropriate holding area, where they will spend their first 1-3 months.
During this time, we are monitoring the animals closely for any signs of illness that could indicate diseases that could be passed to other animals in the collection. Multiple stool samples are collected and tested for evidence of GI parasites.
At the conclusion of their time in quarantine, every animal undergoes a full quarantine exam that includes a full physical examination along with a number of other tests ranging from blood work and cultures to radiographs and ultrasounds. These tests help us develop a complete health baseline for the new animal, but also complete the screening process for any transmissible diseases that could put other animals in the collection at risk.
The quarantine program is an important cornerstone of the veterinary program for all zoos, and serves as the primary defense against diseases that could be introduced with the arrival of new animals to the zoo.
Quarantine Exams for Brownie and Benny, new Polypay lambs who joined the collection in Spring 2012.