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Animal Hospital

Tiger Vet Procedure


A New Animal Hospital Is Coming To Zoo Miami! Rendering

Zoo Miami is the oldest accredited zoo in Florida dating back to 1948.  The current animal hospital at Zoo Miami opened in 1986 with one veterinarian, one technician and served less than 1,000 animals. Today there are four vets, two techs, a manager and five keepers who care for more than 3,000 animals from 500 species, of which 150 are listed as vulnerable, threatened, endangered or critically endangered. We now also serve as a triage point for injured native endangered animals in collaboration with government wildlife agencies, and as a safe haven for vulnerable avian and other species during severe storms.

While our vet team performs on an extraordinary level daily, the fact that the hospital has had minimal upgrades since opening is an issue that must be addressed immediately. The hospital simply does not meet today's modern standards and the equipment is inadequate to meet the demands placed upon it. The few equipment items that we have been able to upgrade recently required modifications because the facility could not properly accommodate them. A new facility would mean that our sinks no longer fall off of the wall during a procedure, more laboratory tests can be done in-house to save on costs, and the vet team will be able to treat larger animals with the proper equipment and house them in safe holding areas after surgery.

At a projected cost of $26 million and with more than 21,000 square feet, the new, state-of-the-art hospital will strengthen initiatives benefitting not only zoo animals, but also Florida’s native wildlife and our state’s human population. It will be a teaching hospital that provides ongoing education to future veterinarians and gives them the hands-on opportunities to gain skills in an in-patient setting. We have a formal preceptorship program in place with the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the only veterinary school in the state.

  • Our hospital team will work with other science experts and participate in disease surveillance and research into the control of invasive species.
  • We will provide ongoing support of health agencies for monitoring wildlife health with management and education of public health risks.
  • In addition to veterinary preceptorships, we will provide research and training opportunities to future biologists and researchers.
  • We will provide veterinary support for our state and federal wildlife partners assisting with triage and management of federally protected endangered species such as Florida panther, American crocodile, Florida bonneted bat and sea turtles by becoming a central location for receiving injured, orphaned, or displaced animals.

Zoo Miami is currently in the midst of a search for the new hospital designer, with a tentative date for selection in June 2022. The design will take approximately 12-16 months and construction another 16-18 months, with a projected grand opening in early 2025. With the efforts of Zoo Miami Foundation, the zoo’s non-profit partner, we have secured more than $6 million in support of this project. Additional support from the State and Miami-Dade County will see this project come to fruition.

New Animal Hospital Conceptual Image     Vet exam of gorilla      Vet exams bird

Special Thanks To:
The Sain Orr Royak DeForest Steadman Foundation
The Laura Gene Coulter-Jones Foundation
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
The Mejor Fund
The William J. & Isobel G. Clarke Foundation
Barbara A. Munford Irrevocable Trust
The Tonkinson Foundation
The Allen Family Foundation
The Windhover Foundation, Inc.
Comcast Corporation
The Helliwell Family Foundation
Gail S. Posner Trust
RodTec Engineering, Inc.
Westminster Barrington Foundation
The Clinton Family Fund
Assurant, Inc.
D. Richard Mead Charitable Foundation
The Batchelor Foundation, Inc.
The Goldsmith Family Foundation
Florida Power & Light
The Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation, Inc.
The Miami Foundation
Anthony R. Abraham Foundation
Kathryn G. Abbott
Karen and Wray Abercrombie
Karen and Perry Adair
Lynn and Lewis Adrian
Patricia and Abdulwahab Aldousany
Sandra M. and Herbert E. Allenson
Cynthia and Riley
Elizabeth and Alejandro Alvarez
Cynthia Amar
Zisko Apaza
Wilfredo Aquino
Frances B. Aronovitz
Alan and M. Ivette Atkinson
Mary Lee Auger
Ruby M. Bacardi
Sybil and John Barkett
Sandy Batchelor
Karen and Jon Beck
Marisa Bezjian, DVM
Margaret and Robert Binder
Claudia and Alexander Binelo
Barbara and Samuel Blank
Michael H. Block
Mary C. Bonde
Vivian Bonet-Rubio
Virginia and G. Holmes Braddock
Marijke E. Browning
Brad Buchanan
William P. Burke
Linda Camp
Clara E. Cano
Grace and Edwin Carter
Karen and Drew Cashmere
Gina and Paul Castronovo
Carole J. Cholasta
Jaqueline Leon-Christ and Mark H. Christ
Esther R. Cintron
David M. Cohn, M.D.
Margaret and Raymond Collins
Elizabeth and W. Meade Collinsworth
Peter Costa
Gayle Cubberly
Katrina Daniel Rosen and Michael Rosen
John W. Davis
Hugo del Menendez
Lisa and David Desmond
Amy and Richard Deutch
Sharon Dewitt
Osvaldo Diaz, III
Theresa Dickey
D. Diane Dickhut
Helen O. Donaldson
Jacky Donate and Jonathan Horowitz
Linda S. Donnelly
Harvey B. Dorosin
Amanda and Chad Douglas
Kathleen and John Doyle
Marie and Carlos Duffoo
Debra L. DuPerow
Neil L. Eisenberg
Mary Elliot
Sandra and Jonathan Ellzey
Melinda and Philip Engelmann
Mary and Richard Enstrom
Lynn and Robert Entrekin
Dorothy W. Erbel
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Cheryl and Howard Ettelman
Hugo N. Fajardo
Carol L. Farber
Avis and Lawrence Feldman
Candice and Alex Feldstein
Bonnie Ferguson
Awilda I. Fernandez
Yauska and Julio Fernandez
David J. Finger
Amelia and Arthur Finkle
Debra and Charles Fischer
Lynn D. Fischer
Judith Flacke
Judy R. Flayderman
Katherine M. Fleming
Robin B. Forman
Jeanette A. Fousek
Francine and Raymond Francis
Nina Freeman
Cheryl Furbish
Mary K. Gagen and Michael Bowman
Julia and Paul Gannett
Tammy and Pedro Garcia
Gina D. Garrett-Jackson & Joseph E. Jackson, Sr.
JoAnn Geise
Richard R. Glass
Claire and Eric Gleit
Marilyn and Norman Goldberg
Molle Grad
Elizabeth M. Grass
Carol R. Green
Douglass Greist
Sheila and Barry Halpern
Patricia and Charles Hammond
Ossie and Harry Hanauer
Nancy and Jeffrey Hand
Lorena and James Hartenstein
Mary and George Harvey
Jean and Maurice Hawa
Kathryn R. Heinly
Margaret E. Hellgren
Anne C. Henderson
Rita K. and William Hernandez
Mary and Glenn Herrick
Robert C. Hibner
Helen and Ransom Hill
The Hinton Family
Linda and Edward Holden
Donald E. Howe
Sheila A. Hungler
Carmen V. Irizarry-Lopez and Javier E. Lopez
Jacqueline S. Janke
Nancy G. Jones
Linda and William Jones
Kathleen K. Jones
Rose Anne Kalenian
Mark P. Kalkus
Maria and Robert Kay
David L. Keilen
Robert B. Keiser
Laurie and Keith Keister
Emily and Mark Keller
Camille and Richard King
Lynn B. Kislak
Cynthia W. Knight
Johnette and Rodney Knowles
Joan and Donald Kohl
J. Carol and Karl R. Kruse
Mary and Robert Kunzler
James P. Kvetko
Keith and Robert Landon
Gina and Jack Lantz
Charlotte B. Leatherman
Stephanie V. Leiva
Veronica Lepere
George L. Leser
Ben Levy
Tipayawan and Joseph Lewis
Theresa L. Lianzi
Lynn Liddell
Luisa Lorenzo and Jorge Gomez
Catherine and Rafael Lorié
Janyce E. Lowry
Diane and Dennis MacInnes
Libby and Jack Madden
Liane T. Main
Jacqueline and David Maldonado
Dayle Malina
Jany Marchena
Ninoska Marquina
Matthew Marsicano
Patricia A. Houle and Dan T. McGillicuddy
Nancy McLemore
Ely and Alejandro Mendieta
Tai and Tom Mendoza
Adrienne Miller
Judith and Jerry Mitchell
Virginia Mojica
Jill and William Moore
Elizabeth Ann and Anthony Morgenthau
Terrence J. Mraz
Brenda M. Murphy-Love
Patricia Myers
Gwen Myers, DVM
Melissa and Robert Netkin
Sue C. Nichols
Tina M. Nuccitelli
Michael A. Nuzzo, Esq.
Helen and Robert Ostlund
Leandro L. Otero, M.D.
Norine and Chandran Panicker
Ingrid and Robert Parnell
Edith M. Pearson
Ivette Ulloa-Possekel and Norbert Possekel
Suellen E. Powell
Mark R. Pradzinski
Heather and Michael Quevedo
Judith R. Rabkin
Arlene R. Randall
Sharon Beal and Ronald A. Raymond
Carolyn Read
Joyce A. Rechtien
Sandra S. Reed
Marlies and George Reinoso
Carol Reinsma
Sorrel S. Resnik
Esta and Lewis Ress
Donna J. Rich
Michelle and William Roberson
Elaine Klein and Leonard C. Roberts
Kelly Rock
Rossana Rodriguez
Claribel Rodriguez
Deborah and David Rogero
Martha A. Rogers Haas
Beverly R. Rosenberg
Willy F. Rothman
Norel M. Ruiz
Chieko and James Saba
Adel and Steven Sarnoff
Jean N. Schlofmitz-Testa
Lauren Schreier
Ruth and Rudy Schwartz
Sheila and Ira Shapiro
Teny W. Sharoff
Mary K. Shaughnessy
Carmela and Jay Siegel
Liliana and Victor Simko
Genevieve Simon
George A. Skokan
Brianna Sloan
Tina and Wendell Smith
Kathleen and Don Sokolik
Karen and Grant Spellerberg
Niki and Jan Spitzer
Ana and David Spoerl
William Spratt
Ronald K. Stayton
James S. Stewart
Judith K. Stewart
Patricia and Douglas Sutton
Alberto and Ofelia Tacher
Phyllis Tamburello
George M. Tayar
Betty A. Thomas
Jerry Thomas
Karen D. Thompson and Jay Calkins
Francine and Herbert Tobin
Michelle Torbert
Mary Jo and Ivan Trabal
Barbara H. Traeger
Adrianne Turturro
Billie Jo and Rudolf Umans
Pat and Chip Vandenberg and Lauren Manley
Carol Vega
Ana VeigaMilton and Cecil Milton
Ana and Fabian Verea
Mary and Gabriel Vidal
Deanna Villalobos
Adrienne L. Vynne
Teresita and J.D. Wagner
Joy and Richard Wallace
Rachel Watkins Rogers
Jori and Jed Weaver
Melissa and David Wetzel
Steven Whitfield, Ph.D.
Rebecca J. Wickens
Gloria and David Wilder
John J. Wilkie
Laura L. Williams
Lisa B. Wilson
Gavin Wu
Kathya and Bruce Young
Gloria A. Ziskal and Edward L. Price



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