Oakland Zoo officials are gearing up for what’s expected to be one of the biggest challenges they’ve faced in a generation: pandemic-related coronaviruses.
The zoo, a sanctuary for more than 500 exotic animals, has been shut down for two years.
It’s been in operation for more years, but the staff and visitors have lost their sense of security, according to the zoo’s chief executive, Dr. Steve Klimas.
Klimas said staff are worried about the virus spreading and that the zoo is not equipped to deal with it.
They want to ensure that they’re able to help keep the animals alive, and the zoo will work with a national charity to do that, Klimis said.
But the most pressing challenge is a pandemic, he said.
Klims is not only focused on the zoo, but on keeping animals alive and well at the sanctuary.
The first priority for the zoo has to be protecting the animals from the pandemic.
The zoo will start a pandemics isolation unit at its main enclosure, the Oakmont Zoo, and it will expand the unit to the other sanctuary sites, the Klimans said.
It will also start a pilot project at its Oakmont Zoological Gardens, a major facility for exotic animals in the park.
The facility has become a major focus of the pandemias spread, and Klimos said the zoo plans to expand it.
Klamas said the Oakton Zoo will have its own staff and staff will stay at the Oakland Zoo.
The quarantine unit will be part of the quarantine site and will be monitored by zoo veterinarians and a team of quarantine experts.
The unit will provide health care for the animals.
The quarantine team will be based at the zoo.