Jan 6, 2010 7:34 PM by Jim Hummel

Zoo Prepares for Cold Weather

With temperatures expected to dip below freezing over the next few days, preparations are underway at the Zoo of Acadiana to help some animals that might not be used to this kind of weather.

"We just [have] to make sure that all the animals have a night house to go into for some protection from the weather," said zoo owner George Oldenburg.

Night houses with heat lamps have been set up at the zoo to keep animals like lemurs, giraffes, tortoises, and primates warm during the cold nights.  About 20 tropical birds, considered high risk for freezing temperatures have been moved indoors, along with reptiles, and very young and old animals.

In addition to trying to keep the animals warm, zookeepers are also making sure all of them have full stomachs for the cold nights in store.

"It keeps their body heat warm, you don't want an animal that is hungry and cold plus they need to be fed more during the winter to keep up the fat to keep them warm," Oldenburg said.

Despite the cold temperatures, the Zoo of Acadiana is planning to remain open every day of the week.


Jim Hummel


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