Posted by Pedro Ramirez III
June 21, 2007 10:10AM
The Rosamond Gifford Zoo will open its ocelot exhibit to the public at 10:00 a.m. Friday, zoo officials have announced.
The mother-daughter pair arrived in Syracuse on April 26 from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Shy and Lisa were kept in a required 30-day quarantine. Then they were allowed additional time to get used to their new exhibit, officials said.
Tonight, the zoo will host a preview party for donors and the media. Onondaga County Executive, Nicholas Pirro will take part in an opening ceremony at 5:30 p.m.
“We haven’t had ocelots since the 1960’s,” said Chuck Doyle, director of the zoo. “We’re delighted to welcome ocelots back to the zoo and look forward to aiding in the conservation of these exotic cats.”
The exhibit is located just past the aviary, in the adaptation section, where the sloths were formerly housed. The exhibit features a rock wall, waterfall and a painted background.