While some animals like elephants, Babe and Sophie, don't mind the heat, other animals aren't adapted to our climate. That's why staff and the Niabi Zoo take a few extra steps to keep animals comfortable during the summer heat.
"We'll offer blocks of ice or frozen treats to some of our animals to help keep them cool." Niabi Zoo Director Marc Heinzman says it's all hand on deck to keep the animals cool, any time the thermometer hits 80 degrees or above.
Like us, the animals love frozen treats on hot days, taking a dip in the pool, or even just staying inside. "When it's so warm, we'll give them the access to come into their holding buildings where it's cooler," says Heinzman.
He also says while it's a little extra work to make sure the animals are cool and comfortable, the zoo keepers are well trained. "One thing that we will do a little more of when it's warm that we don't normally, is that we'll go though and change their water more often just to keep the water cool."
And it's not just the animals getting special treatment. "We also try and keep the visitors to the zoo cool as well, you know we really appreciate when they come out." Heinzman says visitors are allowed to bring their own bottled drinks, and have the option of walking through a fan with mist.
While some animals go for shelter, others prefer to just hang out. "We do want our animals to be happy, healthy and comfortable.
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