(Granby) Animals Granby Zoo does not fear the oppressive heat that settled Wednesday. Although up to 40 ° C – with the humidex – were felt during the day, the biologist Julie Hebert ensures that the beasts of the property does suffer in any way. In fact, the fate of the visitors worried more!
“Animals instinctively will protect. It’s about the only animal that goes against nature. You have people today who must be rapped on the knuckles, “says Ms. Hébert, laughing.
Nevertheless, she said, the animals are much more disciplined against the climate. To prevent heat stroke, they can use natural strategies to use the facilities provided for this purpose by the Zoo, or even enjoy an icy treat. The system is efficient and biologist ensures that no animal has ever suffered from discomfort associated with heat at the Granby Zoo.
With high mercury, Julie Hebert explains that some animals are “happy as a fish in water.” She cites the example of the elephant and its particular way to hedge.
“From the rising of the sun, he will sprinkle water and then of that, sand project on the back. As it dries, it makes a protective crust, much like sunscreen. So it will prevent the skin from burning and also protect against mosquitoes. ”
Ms. Hebert adds that the ears of this African giant are highly vascularized and that the beating, he drops the temperature of the blood flowing through his body. It states that above all, animals limit their activities and remain hidden in the shade or even underwater, as hippos.
To ensure the welfare of the animals that live on its website, the Granby Zoo also has facilities enabling them to be as comfortable as possible. They have access to a gargantuan amount of water and can easily take refuge in the shade. In addition, animals from more northern climates such as pandas or tigers love can benefit from a mister or even go as they please inside.
“We have special attention to them. In particular, it will give them access to their air-conditioned interiors neighborhoods. The door is open, then the animal has a choice, “illustrates the biologist.
Moreover, the scales established by veterinarians exist in zoos and they do not expect extreme heat to take concrete action.
“Well, well before! At the pandas, I think it is around 23 ° C, says Ms. Hébert. We do not want the animal feels discomfort, “says Ms. Hebert.
Speaking of comfort, the Granby Zoo even offers refreshing and nutritious treat to her guests on hot summer days. Carnivores, frugivorous herbivores has the right to popsicles proportional to their size. The process is simple: you insert foods like apples, carrots, fish or meat juices inside the ice that provides animals.
“They will spend the time it takes to lick, chewable ice to get what’s inside, describes the biologist. […] It makes one stone at that time. ”
The curious can also watch a video that illustrates this statement by visiting the following web link: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v = 4T-prIexhvQ .
However, it admits that the hottest days are not ideal to see the animals in action.
“A day like today is a little more difficult to spot wildlife. We must exercise our eyes a little more, because they are not before us to move, “says Hébert. His trick? Arriving at the opening of the site at 10 am and return in the late afternoon, after enjoying the water park …
Is there a critical threshold where action is needed? The biologist says yes, but that does not apply here. She recalled that some zoos located in the southern United States are accustomed to periods much more torrid.
“With global warming, you never know, but I do not think we come one day to a drastic temperature which would require a major emergency response,” believes Ms. Hebert.