Phase 2 of The ARK at JFK is due to open in late June, with the opening of the Equine Import Quarantine and ARK Aviary.
The equine facility will include numerous amenities including special designed trailers to move jet stalls safely to The ARK and directly into quarantine, biosecurity designs and protocols, numerous stalls, high quality dust free Timothy-mixed hay, cushioned padenpor flooring, 24/7 observation and care, flexible pick-up times and a large parking lot for transport trailers.
Located at Cargo Building 78A at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport, The ARK opened phase 1 on 2 January 2017, and phase 3 will open later this year.
Dr Linda Mittel of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine says: “Introduction of disease from outside of the U.S. is a serious and real threat to our nation’s animals’ health and agriculture resources.”
“The ARK has worked closely with the specialists at Cornell to assist in the design of these buildings, ranging from the impenetrable epoxy stall paint to the avian flight cages.”
The ARK Aviary welcomes birds of all feathers and sizes including pets, commercial and in-transit birds, and the quarantine includes a suite of three individual specialised rooms including the “pet bird” room with special “isolettes”.
The Ark at JFK managing director, Elizabeth Schuette says: “Safe and efficient transportation of birds, whether they are commercial shipments for sale or individual shipments of personal pets relies upon accessibility of quarantine facilities and routing of the flights.”
“With the opening of The ARK’s Avian quarantine, JFK will become a desirable stop or destination because of the quality of the facility and the services. The ARK included the aviary quarantine module to address the needs of shippers servicing the JFK community.”