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Hogle Zoo opens new health-care center

(Deseret News) Everyone is probably thrilled with the new animal care center at Hogle Zoo — except the window washers.

While the old animal hospital had just a few windows, the L.S. Skaggs Animal Health Center that opened Tuesday boasts dozens.

Sunlight in the animal areas, provided through skylights and windows with special coating, will reduce the need for artificial lighting through the building's energy-efficient design.

And the windows offer another benefit, too. According to veterinary staff, natural light can speed healing and reduce stress in animals.

Nearly twice the size of the previous facility, the state-of-the-art building will allow veterinarians to give an unprecedented level of care for the zoo's nearly 900 animals.

"We're very excited today," zoo director Craig Dinsmore said. "It will provide the very best care for the animals entrusted to us."

"Having this facility will make an enormous difference for the animals," said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker.

Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon praised the building's efficient design. "I love seeing the solar panels," he said.

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