The Granby Zoo's Little Ants
Summer is finally here and our visitors are coming in great numbers to enjoy our facilities and admire our animals. For all this to be possible however, much work had to be done as soon as the first beautiful spring day pointed its nose.
All the teams worked together so that all was magical for our visitors and optimal for our animals. Here is look at the more specific tasks the Animal Care team tackled to get ready for the summer season:
The Great Spring Cleaning
We first get busy with a thorough outside cleaning. We first make sure that the environments are clean, safe and adapted to the needs of the animals. We then make sure that the outside facilities are enriching and stimulating. We take care, through diverse modifications, to ensure that our exterior settings encourage our animals to use their natural skills. By adding a few elements, we can provide them with control and choices in regards to their environment. For example, we added resting sites of various levels in our male jaguar's habitat. There are also new overhead catwalks, one being kinetic (a trunk that moves with the help of chains). Thanks to this set-up, our great feline will be able to choose between being comfortable in the forefront or hidden away in the foliage of his environment.
The First Spring Outings
After the great outside cleaning is when our exotic species rediscover their outside environment. On the first nice spring days, we can begin their acclimatization to seasonal temperatures. With the passing days and increasingly warmer weather, their time outside increases exponentially. This way they take full advantage of the beautiful season. Each year, as soon as the snow has melted, the rhinos begin their outside visits. We have the opportunity to see them take a dip and roll around in their mud basin within their first hours outside.
With animals as with humans, a healthy diet promotes good health. Our diet must obviously be consistent with our lifestyles and physical activity. Based on these factors, we adjust the food rations of our animals on a regular basis, but we also take into account their natural behaviour and biological needs.
In winter, the animals of colder regions spend more energy maintaining their internal temperature at an even level. At the Zoo, the same principle applies; the tigers eat more in winter but return to a less energetic diet in the spring.
In the south of our continent, alligators fast when the weather goes down in the fall, and cut back on their activities. As soon as the first warm spring days arrive, they get back their vigor and start eating again.
In short, our team of worker ants is giving its all to enhance the wellbeing of our animals and, by the same token, your experience with them during your visit.