Hamilton County Commissioner Supports Zoo

Monday, December 23, 2013

The Chattanooga Zoo has been chosen as the recipient of a $5,000 grant to be used towards the purchase of a new autoclave.  The grant was made possible by Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd.   

Each year, Hamilton County commissioners are allotted $100,000 to spend on projects that improve the local community.  The purchase of an autoclave, a machine that sterilizes surgical instruments, will enhance the provision of animal care at the Chattanooga Zoo as it will enable the Zoo to invest in surgical instruments that can be used in a variety of animal medical procedures. 

Up until now, the Zoo has had to purchase a new set of surgical instruments each time a medical procedure is performed.  The cost savings accrued as a result of the new autoclave will allow the Zoo to make other additional enhancements to the veterinary care department.   

“An autoclave has been the top item on the Zoo’s veterinary wish list for a couple of years now,” notes Darde Long, Zoo CEO.  “We are thrilled to be chosen as a recipient of a Hamilton County Commissioner’s discretionary dollars.” 

When asked what prompted his decision to support the Zoo out of his discretionary funds budget, Commissioner Boyd replied, “I think the Chattanooga Zoo is the best kept secret in Hamilton County.  If you have children or grandchildren you need to take them to the Zoo.  The Chattanooga Zoo is the perfect size for an afternoon outing.  Thanks go out to Darde and her staff for the wonderful job they do.”  

The Zoo’s new autoclave has been ordered and is currently awaiting shipment.  


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