How Animals Beat the Heat

I don’t have to tell you that it’s hot out there. With temperatures hovering in the mid 90s this week, most of us have been seeking the comfort of air conditioning.

The same holds true for many of Lincoln Park Zoo’s species, which are given access to cooler indoor spaces in which to beat the heat. Keepers also provide animals water pools, sprinklers, fans and ice blocks that serve as cooling enrichment items.
 
Of course, some species prefer it when the sun roasts the earth. The radiated and red-footed tortoises at Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House are give access to a behind-the-scenes yard, where they sunbathe when the temperature rises.
 
When selecting animals to exhibit here at Lincoln Park Zoo, we always consider the climatological extremes Chicagoans are used to enduring. All animals you see outdoors at the zoo can withstand high and low temperatures. Just like their wild cousins, nature has provided them means with which to stay comfortable. (That said, it’s always nice to chill out indoors some times.)
 
Let's hope this morning's rain provides us all a little relief. As always, I’ll keep you posted.
Sincerely,
Kevin Bell

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