PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Now that we’re in the midst of winter, the Peoria Zoo has some animals which are thrilled that temperatures have dropped.
“The tiger doesn’t seem to be bothered by it at all. She likes to be out roaming around in her enclosure all the time,” stated Peoria Zoo Curator of Animals Melissa Moore.
There are different animals, just like the reptiles, which are both sticking to indoor viewing services or are quickly taken off their displays for the season.
“We have to be careful of the giraffes, for example, who are not adjusted to very cold temperatures, and we don’t want them to slip on ice or snow for example, and hurt themselves,” stated Moore.
This signifies that additionally they insulate or flip up the warmth within the indoor animal services to keep their tropical and desert animals hotter.
Wildlife Prairie Park has many animals which are extra accustomed to brisk winters.
“All of our animals at wildlife prairie park are native to Illinois. So, they live here now or used to live historically in Illinois. So many of our animals actually enjoy the winter when they have those thick fur coats,” stated Wildlife Prairie Park Lead Animal Keeper Calli Dicks.
Despite most of their animals being native to Illinois, a few of their animals nonetheless want safety from winter climate.
“Luckily, our reptile center Forest Hall where we have our reptiles, amphibians, we have a skunk in there and also bunnies, it is heated. So, we are keeping that the same temperature as it would be in the summer,” stated Dicks.
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