Santa Cruz Zoo to Open Unique Veterinary Clinic
On March 22, 2010 the Santa Cruz Zoo will officially become a scientific entity with the opening of a veterinary and quarantine clinic that took over Bs. 1 million to build. Zoo Director Mario Escalanate indicated that within the local and national technical and scientific community zoo studies will be organized with non-governmental organizations that work in environmental and wildlife defense and conservation such as Armonía, WWF Bolivia, FAN, the Noel Kempff Mercado Foundation, the Noel Kempff Mercado Museum of Natural History, and the environmental, biology, and veterinarian, nutrition, and tourism schools of various universities. As such it will the only one of its kind in Bolivia.
The zoo currently has 2500 animals (120 species of birds, 60 species of fish, 40 mammal species, and 40 reptile species). This new infrastructure will allow the zoo the carry out studies, keep accurate records of all the animals in the zoo, and allow for internships.
The Santa Cruz Zoo was founded by professor Noel Kempff Mercado on 19 August 1979 with 150 animals (20 species). Today it has 25 permanent staff and is visited by over 550,000 people per year. Ticket sales account for $300,000 of the zoo’s annual income which goes to paying salaries, maintaining the zoo, and purchasing food for the animals.
Tickets cost Bs. 10 per adult and Bs. 5 per child
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