The zoo is closed today, and non-essential staff aren’t coming to work, zoo spokeswoman Tara Henson said. However, some staff members still have to come to feed and care for the animals. Other info Henson said:
- The zoo closed early yesterday so staff had extra time to go home ahead of the winter weather.
- The ice isn’t so heavy that it’s breaking tree limbs. Broken trees and other horticulture is especially dangerous at a zoo. While the cleanup can be difficult and hazardous, broken tree limbs can provide an escape route over a fence. Damaged plants can also damage habitat fences.
- A few animals, such as sensitive bird species, are being kept inside.
- Other animals, particularly snow leopards, hoof-stock and and water fowl, are loving the cold temperatures.
- Zookeepers are spending more time with some animals who have limited outdoor time. They’re giving them more toys to play with and more mentally-stimulating activities to prevent boredom.
- Water habitats for seals, sea lions and other animals are temperature-controlled year-round.
- Backup generators guarantee power even during an outage.