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Hattiesburg Zoo unveils animal medical and quarantine facility

The Hattiesburg Zoo officially opened its new Forrest General Animal Medical and Quarantine Facility Tuesday morning.

The 4000-square-foot facility has five quarantine areas and a medical emergency treatment room. It will greatly enhance animal care services and will make growing the collection of animals easier.

When animals first arrive at the zoo they are required to be placed in quarantine for 30-days. With the new quarantine space they will be able to accommodate a variety of species at one time.

The new facility is the second community partnership project between Forrest General and the zoo.

"It's a critical need and it's very fitting for Forrest General to sponsor our animal hospital and quarantine area," said Rick Taylor, Exec. Dir. Lake Terrace Convention Center. It allows us more quickly to bring new animals in to the zoo and get them on display and give people more reasons to come back.

Taylor says adding the quarantine facility is a major hurdle for the zoo toward gaining accreditation.

Earlier this year Forrest General was a key sponsor of the recently added Chilean Flamingo exhibit.

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