New owners have big plans for Fort Rickey

The Fort Rickey Children's Discovery Zoo in Rome has been under new ownership for three weeks.

Posted: May 26, 2019 6:33 PM
Updated: May 28, 2019 10:03 AM

ROME. N.Y - The Fort Rickey Children's Discovery Zoo in Rome has been under new ownership for three weeks. The former owners had been emailing the new owners working out an agreement since December of last year. The new owners said it was an incredible journey and are very excited about getting started.

"I have an affinity for animals, and it's in both of our blood to take care of animals and be here," said new owner Chris Stedman.

The new changes that the new owners plan on putting in place are starting with the animals. 

"Well, we are going to be making some additions with new animals hopefully soon. I know we have already acquired a tegu and he will be out on exhibit soon, and hopefully make some improvements to the zoo," said employee Gabby Piccione.

The owners also want to improve the interactive backbone of Fort Rickey by bringing in animals that you can pet and interact with.

"Interacting with all of these different animals all around here. Gummy, the 57-year-old black Colombian spider monkey. Gus, the lemurs, they are just so interactive and they just want to be around you - and it warms the heart," said Stedman.

The owners said that the public won't see significant changes until later this year and into next year.

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