Letter to our Patrons

As you may be aware, the Zoo was surprised in August to receive a letter from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine stating that the college would be severing its 20-year plus professional relationship with the Zoo.  UF officials had not raised concerns with anyone from the Zoo prior to sending their letter.  Additionally surprising was that without the Zoo’s knowledge the letter had been provided to the news media outlets.  Despite the negative media coverage, it appears to not have acquired much traction, although just one report seems like too many. 

I am happy to report that we met with our veterinarian on Wednesday, September 11 as scheduled.  We want you to know that as with any long-term relationship, we can’t let communications fall to the wayside.  This was our first face-to-face with our lead veterinarian in some time and we discovered that many misunderstandings existed.  We had a good healthy conversation, addressed and resolved the issues stated, and we will continue to share in the care and well-being of the animals here at the Zoo.  We are good enough partners that having a discussion to resolve our issues turned out to be the best solutions to preserving what has always been a strong partnership.   

We appreciate your understanding during this time, and rest assured, that our commitment and priority to our animal’s health and well-being is paramount.  And, that we look forward to a very successful and professional relationship with the University going forward.