Well adapted to summer's heat

As temperatures rise, people develop different strategies to counter the effects of summer’s intense heat! How do you handle it? Are you the type who will opt for a refreshing dip in a pool or an ice-cold glass of lemonade? Or, do you prefer to relax in an air-conditioned space? Animals have their own ways of coping with the season’s hot weather … in fact, some of them are quite surprising!

Imagine producing your own sun screen lotion!

The common hippopotamus, although weighing a couple of tons, has very sun-sensitive skin. Aside from spending most of its time in water, the hippo produces a gooey substance giving the pachyderm a pinkish hue. This substance acts as a sun screen, protecting even against ultraviolet rays: what could be more practical than that?

Cover up… Really!

How often have we wondered about animals out in hot weather? “Oh dear! the heat must be horrible with all that fur!” Crazy… or strategic? 

Fur acts as a shield, protecting the skin from the sun’s rays; also, in part at least, their fur protects some animals from the effects of the heat by limiting the increase of their body temperature. Also, if their fur is light coloured, for example with lions, it can actually reflect some of the sun’s rays.

To drink or not to drink… lots of water!

Camels are the all-around champions when it comes to survival in intense heat; In fact they can lose up to 20% of their weight in water without suffering from lack of hydration. How do they do it? Contrary to popular belief, you won’t find water in their humps, but instead they store up to 36 kg of fat, which is absorbed by their body when conditions (little water and food supplies) are difficult. Ingenious and… portable!

And at the zoo?

Although they don’t experience the harshness and heat waves in some areas of the world, our Granby zoo residents are still given lots of special attention in order to make their summers more comfortable. We’ve installed water sprayers in certain outdoor parks as well as plenty of shade zones and protective covers; we offer them giant, “flavour of the day” Popsicles (with chunks of fruit for the primates or fish for our felines); we have springs, lakes and ponds to encourage bathing, etc.

With this in mind, everybody, have a great second half of summer!

Testimonials

We love going to the zoo. (…) Most of the animals were out and the grandkids were thrilled. I'd never been to the Dinozoo before and I thought it was pretty cool especially with the movement and sounds. The design is great in that it's seperated and all goes back to the center.

Stephen Eyton-Jones

First time visiting here on our annual summer week in Québec. We went for the 2 day family pass, and had an amazing time. The 2 days allowed us to take our time around the park, and gave plenty of time as well for cooling off at the Amazoo. We'll definitely come back!

JR Bélanger

We had an excellent time! We have not been in over 10 years and are so glad we went! The park is clean. The food was well priced for a theme park. We loved the Dinozoo! We have terrible French speaking abilities but appreciated your courteous and friendly staff, we felt welcome!

Bonnie Diane

I had an amazing time here with my family! My kids absolutely loved it. Amazing experience :)

Mario Sevo

A good place for family outing with zoo, water park and rides all at one place. All the attractions are conveniently placed very close to each other. Food court is good too and you can also bring in your lunch.

Anand Bharadwaj Aryasomayajula

Amazing place. Perfect for the whole family. They constantly improve their environments and animals collection.

Boris Kosov

What a great time. Would definitely go again. The zoo care takers are amazing at what they do and so friendly. I would recommend if you have never gone it's a bucket list. Oh and don't forget to go and pet the sting rays.

Jamie Krichtoff

It's the 3rd year in a row that my family and I visit this Zoo. Even though it was during the busiest day they had this year, we were able to visit everything and fully enjoy the experience. Don't forget to bring your bathing suit cause they have an amazing wave pool!

Éric Trudel

Our family absolutely enjoyed our day! There was so much to do! Park was very clean and staff was very friendly and helpful with any questions!!! We plan on going next year and making it a weekend trip so that we can enjoy the whole park!

Crystal Wilson

Our whole family attended yesterday. It was absolutely spectacular. We had a fantastic time! Thanks for the memories!

Samantha Hope

Amazing place to take the family! Lots of animals to see, amazing water park and fun rides. Great packages available with hotels close by for out of town visitors. Highly recommend!

Paul Winch