Frozen fish and ice bombs: how zoo animals cool down


AZoos are also preparing for the upcoming hot weekend. More heat-sensitive animals, such as pandas, are attracted to caves or cold water at high temperatures. Asian elephants are covered in sand or dive into the water, and the trunk serves as a dive. They drink up to 200 liters a day.

At the Leipzig Zoo, elephants have already bathed in a cool bath, as in Magdeburg, where they wash more often than usual. Supervisors of the Magdeburg Zoo want to install water spray systems for some animals such as snow leopards, tigers and lynxes, and in Landau in der Pfalz they do the same for emus.

“We can also flood our parrots,” the head of Bell’s Hunsruck Zoo said on Friday. “We spray our little pigs with water so they can cool in the valleys.” In Frankfurt, guards also prepared a soothing mud bath for the red river pigs with a cool stream of water.

The tails of lemurs love the scorching sun

Tigers and cougars are cooled with water on the concrete animal house floor. According to the head of the zoo, the lemurs on the island of Madagascar enjoy the scorching sun: “They reach out to you.”

At the Dresden Zoo, the Humboldt penguins, actually living off the coast of South America, have a cooling system in the water that cools the pool to 18 degrees. Caretakers at many zoos prepare ice bombs and frozen snacks. Tigers are a cold mixture of water and goat blood.

The director of the Lfalz Zoo in Palatinate announces a paste of frozen and unsweetened fruit for chimpanzees on sticks. In order for the sea bear in the Hall to cool off a block of ice with frozen fish, elephants throw apples into their rowing pool. The gathered herons also liked the fish frozen in Frankfurt for the penguins.

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