Not all fun in the sunshine

It’s serious business here at DZG when the heat rises as keepers have to put in extra measures to care for the 1,200 strong animal collection.

dzg_sunny_meerkatsTopping the list is making sure water bowls and pools are continually full throughout the day, with keepers using the icy water from the zoo’s own well to help keep the animals cool.

Fresh ice-cold water is a must for meerkats when the temperature rises and is constantly topped up throughout the day

Certain species, such as the Brazilian tapirs, pygmy goats and reindeer, who are currently undergoing their annual moult, are covered with sun cream to protect them from the sun’s strong rays.

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Keeper Neil Flockhart makes sure male Brazilian tapir, Chico, is well covered in suncream

While others are doused directly with water – a particular favourite pastime for Asiatic black bear, Inca and Charlie the gold and blue macaw. 

Many of the heat lamps are turned off and fans are brought in to give a cooling breeze to some of the site’s smaller animal collection in the Discovery Centre.

                   A fan cools ferrets in the Discovery Centre

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Presenter Becky Iwahashi douses Charlie with a cooling water spray  

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Elsewhere on site keepers make up a variety of ice lollies for their charges, with blood flavoured popsicles for the big cats, while the primates tuck into ices made with their favourite fresh fruits.

Assistant Curator, Richard Brown, said: “It’s not all fun in the sun, but we just have to adapt our work to the weather conditions and the animals all seem to appreciate a helping hand to cool down when it is as hot as it has been recently.”

Daseep gets to grips wth her blood lolly

dzg_sunny_meerkatsTopping the list is making sure water bowls and pools are continually full throughout the day, with keepers using the icy water from the zoo’s own well to help keep the animals cool.

Fresh ice-cold water is a must for meerkats when the temperature rises and is constantly topped up throughout the day

Certain species, such as the Brazilian tapirs, pygmy goats and reindeer, who are currently undergoing their annual moult, are covered with sun cream to protect them from the sun’s strong rays.

dzg_sunny_meerkats

Keeper Neil Flockhart makes sure male Brazilian tapir, Chico, is well covered in suncream

While others are doused directly with water – a particular favourite pastime for Asiatic black bear, Inca and Charlie the gold and blue macaw. 

Many of the heat lamps are turned off and fans are brought in to give a cooling breeze to some of the site’s smaller animal collection in the Discovery Centre.

                   A fan cools ferrets in the Discovery Centre

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