Keeping Our Critters Cool

July 7, 2010 at 7:12 pm Leave a comment

This summer has been HOT!  One question I get asked a lot this time of year is, “How are the animals doing in this extreme heat?”  Fortunately, most of the animals are used to the weather of central Virginia, including the sizzling summer temperatures.  However, the zoology staff and volunteers still work very hard to make sure the animals stay as comfortable as possible.  For example, when the heat index gets high, we keep all the domestic animals inside the Children’s Farm barn where they get plenty of shade, water and a breeze from the industrial fans.  Even the wild animals find plenty of shade in their habitats and always have access to fresh water.  This is good advice for your animals at home too.  If you can’t get them inside in the air conditioning, make sure they have plenty of airflow, shade and fresh water.  And don’t forget an occasional cool treat like those I mentioned in my last blog!

Our bears can take a dip in the pond when the temperatures rise.

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Buz Bireline, Director of Habitats & the Nature Center at Maymont

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