June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month

Have you ever gone to the zoo and watched a monkey effortlessly swing through the trees? Or observed a group of playful otters gliding through the waters at the aquarium and wondered what happens if they injure themselves or require surgery? Well you’re about to find out!

Our relationship with both the Woodland Park Zoo and the Seattle Aquarium was fostered nearly 30 years ago when our founder, Dr. Ken Sinibaldi, who at the time was one of the only board certified veterinary surgeons in the area, volunteered his surgical expertise whenever needed and that relationship continues to this day.

These facilities uphold very high standards with the AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums), and they are nationally recognized as leaders in animal care and conservation. So when one of their animals requires a surgical specialist and we are called upon to assist their animal health care teams, we are more than happy to oblige!

We have performed procedures on all sorts of wildlife. From primates to big cats, bears and marsupials, otters, fur seals, a sea eagle and a reptile or two. We have even performed an endoscopy on a hyena and repaired a fracture on a magnificent snow leopard. We never know what we will encounter, from a 400lb seal, to a tiny tamarin monkey, but it’s always a rush!

Otterly adorable! ASCS helped to assure the birth of this baby, Antiak.

Otterly adorable! ASCS helped to ensure the birth of this baby, Antiak.

As part of a complex puzzle, healthcare experts are a vital component in managing wild populations within these institutions and we are excited to be able to take part in the unique opportunity to provide just a piece of that puzzle to secure a favorable outcome. Often, these animals are endangered or threatened, so the payback is that much more meaningful when the animal is able to return to health.

These animals are not just for display. They are ambassadors of their species and critical to the conservation of their wild counterparts. The goal of these institutions is not only to ensure that the visitor gains knowledge about the life dwelling within the Sound and lands afar, but to provide the safest, healthiest habitat for these majestic mammals.


Posted June 20, 2016 by Animal Surgical in ASOC News with No Comments

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