Montgomery Zoo helps its animals beat the heat this summer

Updated: Jul. 2, 2018 at 11:53 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It isn't just humans sweltering under this summer heat. Animals are struggling as well and the Montgomery Zoo is taking extra steps to help its animals beat the heat.

"People complain that they're not moving around. That's what they do in the heat of the day, they rest and find shade, kind of like we do. We need to find shade and rest when it's hotter," said the Zoo's Melanie Golson. "They're very active in the mornings, and sometimes in the late afternoons."

The Montgomery Zoo is home to about 750 animals, representing more than 140 species, each one requires different and specialized care.

"Our keepers do a great job keeping them hydrated and keeping with cool treats, frozen fruits and meats and things like that. They adjust pretty well," Golson explained. "Most of our animals are from climates and habitats that are hot, so they're used to the afternoon heat and humidity and showers."

The Montgomery Zoo also takes its visitors into account throughout the summer, and keeping humans cool!

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"We've got misters throughout the zoo, so you can cool off, and great treats in the Overlook Café, a breeze on the skylift," reassured Golson.

The Montgomery Zoo is open 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. seven days a week.

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