May 4, 2012


GUESTS: Anna Reynolds, Executive Director, Friends of the Zoo
Ronda Schwetz, Interim Henry Vilas Zoo Director
Dr. Mike Petersen, Henry Vilas Zoo Veterinarian
Ryan Behling, Chair, Merrill Lynch Grand Gala

Last year the Henry Vilas Zoo celebrated its centennial anniversary. The next 100 years kicks off with plans to build an animal hospital - something the Zoo has never had! The lions and the rest of the zoo's inhabitants - small, medium and large - will sleep well every night comforted that this critically-needed health care facility will soon be providing care to them on site.

The plans are drawn for a state-of-the art veterinary facility that will include specialized areas for surgery, radiology, intensive care, pharmacy, laboratory, isolation, indoor and outdoor holding, and an area for research, a summer Zoo School for children and other educational programs. The Madison Community Foundation provided the lead gift of $150,000, and Merrill Lynch has stepped forward - naming the Friends of the Zoo and the construction of the new Animal Health Center as the beneficiary of their 6th Annual Merrill Lynch Grand Gala Event, Friday, May 11, 5:30 - 10:00 p.m. at the Madison Concourse Hotel.

On this program, Anna Reynolds, Ronda Schwetz and Dr. Mike Petersen share details of just how they care for the health needs of this wide range of animals from around the world and tell us stories about their relationships with this exotic community of individual personalities.

Ryan Behling talks about Merrill's Lynch's annual commitment to the community through their Grand Gala and invites listeners to attend this year's Gala and support the Zoo.

For more information on the Merrill Lynch Grand Gala - Friday, May 11th at the Concourse Hotel - and how to purchase tickets, call Ryan at (608) 283-2871or go to

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