Pictured Above: A caretaker cools down birds at the Emperor Valley Zoo. Photo Credit: Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago.
The Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago provided an update on Sunday (17th September 2023) on how the animals at the Emperor Valley Zoo are coping with recent high temperatures.
According to a Media Release from the Zoological Society, “We thank the public and members of the media for your interest in how the zoo has been affected by the current high temperatures being experienced across the country. We have, and will continue to put our regular procedures for combating heat into place.”
The statement continued, “Firstly, adequate water sources are provided in each enclosure for all of the animals. Some for both drinking and bathing. Secondly, equipment is used to gently mist the animals with water, helping to create a cooling effect. This is mostly done for the birds and mammals. Thirdly, proper shelter is provided via man-made structure or natural vegetation. Each animal has a place they can shade themselves. Also the natural environment of the plants and trees adds to keeping the area cooler. Lastly, our staff is consistently monitoring and keeping check of all animals in their designated sections. Therefore, we will be able to quickly access and counteract any signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke displayed.”
The Media Release concluded by saying, “We thank you again for your ongoing support and concern.”
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