Zookeeper making sure animals are safe at Irvine Park Zoo

By: Matt Hoffman Email
By: Matt Hoffman Email

Chippew Falls, Wis. (WEAU) -- It's not only us humans who are dealing with the frigid temperatures. The animals up at Irvine Park Zoo in Chippewa Falls also have to brave the frozen tundra. Some animals have had to be brought inside due to the cold. Other animals are more adaptable to the frigid temperatures.

Jennifer London is the zookeeper at Irvine Park Zoo. She's been there for 13 years and knows what to do to keep animals safe in the cold. She says animals like the bison and elk don't need to come inside during these bone chilling conditions. The monkeys, porcupines, and birds all are brought in to stay warm. The Bengal tigers, cougars, and foxes also spend more time inside when it's cold but London tries to give them things to do so they don't develop cabin fever

"I just prefer to take extra precautions. We have the facility so we might as well use it. I let them out for a little while and I just shorten their time outside and then bring them in before I leave, especially, when it dips colder during the night,” says London.

She also says all the animals eat more when it's colder and she also uses extra heat lamps and bedding to make sure the animals stay warm. They'll need all of it tonight as we are set to have our coldest night so far this winter season.

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