Fresno Chaffee Zoo unveils Ambassador Animal Complex

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) – The Fresno Chaffee Zoo now has a new home for some of its most popular animals – with the unveiling of its Ambassador Animal Complex on Wednesday.

“These animals were housed in one of our classrooms and everything was fine, but we really knew that as our program continued to develop and we wanted to improve at what we do, we had to house these animals. animals in a kind of well -spaces designed just for their needs, ”said Fresno Chaffee Zoo CEO Jon Forrest Dohlin.

The animals that will live here are specially trained for educational efforts and interactions with guests.

It took a year to build the $ 3.3 million facility and sits on an acre of land with the capacity to house dozens of favorite animals such as snakes, turtles and owls in various enclosures individual.

“This is a perfect example of what Z measure allows the Fresno Chaffee Zoo to do,” Dohlin said. “Building a beautiful suite of buildings that helps ensure animal welfare, the visitor experience and our outreach programs.”

Not only will the new state-of-the-art complex help zookeepers take better care of existing creatures, officials say it will also allow them to grow the zoo’s collection of animal ambassadors.

Each enclosure will be designed with this specific animal in mind.

“Once we’ve moved in and all the pens we have here, we’re going to select who’s going to live where,” says general curator Lyn Myers. “Then we’ll tailor this area as you would your house or new apartment to suit your needs and likes or dislikes. We will do this for each of the animals once we have selected locations for them.”

Zoo officials hope to move all animals in the coming weeks

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