Harris awarded the zoo $500,000 for the construction of a new 9,500-square-foot, facility to better serve the medical needs of the zoo's 560 animals.
Designed to enhance research and conservation, the Harris Corporation Animal Care Center provides X-rays, treatment and intensive-care rooms that will accommodate 170 different species. The facility also includes a lab, pharmacy and commissary.
The zoo's educational program, Wildlife Conservation through Education and Participation, will also benefit from the new center. The Zoo School brings in 5th graders from area schools, and Lagoon Quest teaches 4th graders about the Indian River Lagoon. The center also helps the zoo maintain accreditation.
“Harris has been a longtime supporter of the Brevard Zoo, which brings unique educational enrichment experiences to our community,” said Howard L. Lance, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Harris. “We are pleased to have made this grant possible and hope it will encourage other area businesses to support the new Animal Care Center and other Brevard Zoo initiatives.”
The Harris Foundation donated more than $4.3 million to charitable and educational organizations in 2010, and Harris employees donated more than 54,000 volunteer hours.