The facility will handle everything from live stock to zoo animals

By Kelli Bender
Updated January 14, 2015 08:45 PM

New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport is about to get truly zooey.

The airport recently announced plans to open the first “privately-owned animal handling cargo terminal,” according to Gothamist.

What does this mean? All animals, from pandas to puppy dogs, will have a place to relax and receive top of the line care when traveling in and out of the Big Apple.

The 178,000-square-foot facility, which is taking over a vacant building at the airport, will feature an overnight pet resort, an animal departure lounge, and plenty of services.

Exported horses may benefit the most from this new terminal called The Ark. It will come equipped with comfortable, climate-controlled stalls that include bedding and natural light.

But the building isn’t a one-trick pony. The Ark is designed to suit every type of critter, including zoo animals.

Developer Racebrook Capital, architect Gensler, and specialty equine architect GH2 are the minds behind The Ark and are spending about $78 million to construct the facility by 2016. Once the new terminal is complete, it will be able to service up to 70,000 animals each year.

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