When the Mercury Climbs
There are several ways to cool off in summer, such as taking a dip in the pool or enjoying a delicious ice cold lemonade. You might wonder about the Zoo de Granby residents; how successful are they at dealing with the heat?
Most of the species are either biologically adapted to counteract the sun's heat, or have a strong survival instinct! In the wild, as in captivity, when the heat is at its highest point during the day, the animals instinctively scale back their activities and search for shady areas.
For those that are more sensitive to heat, specific measures are taken by the animal care team to improve their comfort and help them patiently wait...for winter!
Water misters are set up in several habitats, the access to inside air conditioned quarters is facilitated during the day and delicious frozen lollipops are distributed among many residents!
Pieces of apples and carrots (for the vegetarians), or fish parts (for the carnivores) are frozen in water inside a pail then given to the happy recipients to be crushed or licked!
Although it may present a challenge for some, many animal species truly enjoy the warm and humid weather!
The African elephant's own version of sunblock is to moisten its back and then throw sand on it; this provides an efficient protection against the sun and insect bites.
As for the dromedary, it can lose up to 30% of its water without experiencing dehydration, while a loss of 15% is fatal to most animals.
And the hippo? It lazes about inside its basin until sundown!