Memphis Zoo Animals Dealing With Extreme Heat

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Summer in the Mid-South doesn't spare anybody when it comes to the heat and humidity. Not people, and certainly not the animals at the Memphis Zoo.

"Obviously we want to make sure our animals have plenty of shade so they can get out of the sun. Adequate water. They need to stay hydrated just as much as we do," says Amanda Schweighart, assistant curator for the Memphis Zoo.

Zookeepers do their best to keep the animals comfortable. From giant ice treats for the gorillas to good hosing down for the elephants. These little treats make the hot temps a little more bearable.

"They can handle these hot, humid temperatures okay. They're just going to be looking for shade and kind of lounging around during the hot portions of the day," says Schweighart.

The zoo even has pools and air conditioning for animals that aren't as used to the heat. That way patrons won't have to worry about missing out on their favorite animals due to the weather.

"The animals that are more heat sensitive we have already made preparations for that to make sure these animals are going to be on exhibit year-round," says Schweighart.

When it comes to the weather, zoo officials say that winter poses a much bigger problem than summer.

While the zoo is set up to stay open during hot temps, some animals need to be put away when the temps drop too much.


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