Milwaukee zoo animals brave cold

Last Edited: Friday, 02 Feb 2007, 3:59 PM CST

WITI-TV, MILWAUKEE — The cold weather presents some especially big problems for the zookeepers at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

While animals from cold climates, like polar bears and Siberian or Amur Tigers handle our winters with ease, animals from africa and south america need special care.

Diets for all animals change in late autumn so they can develop the fat layers and fur coats to hold up to frost. All animals move indoors overnight, and always have access to shelter from cold winds.

The new Big Cat Country exhibit even has some special outdoor rocks that are actually hydronically heated, giving even cold weather animals a chance to warm their feet.

Zookeepers say that early planning for winter pays off big dividends, since with the proper care the zoo can remain open to visitors year around.

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