Zoo animals coping with the cold as Zollman

Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo animals coping with the cold

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(ABC 6 News) – With all this cold weather, you might wonder how the animals at Zollman Zoo stay warm.

Thankfully, officials at Zollman tell ABC 6 News they don’t have to deal with too many changes to keep the animals comfortable.

When the temperature dips, zookeepers give the animals extra bedding and offer extra food to help critters brave the cold.

Plus, all the animals at the zoo are native to Minnesota, so they’re plenty used to the weather.

“Longer stretches of cold weather can definitely be a concern so usually at the end of summer into fall we start preparing for it so we might increase animal diets there to make sure that they have a nice good fat layer for the winter time,” said Megan Long, a park naturalist at Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo. “We kind of start that preparation early and try to make it really natural, so just like in the wild they would eat more to get ready for winter we try to replicate that.”

Staff say that since the cold encourages some of the animals to be more active in the afternoon.

However, your best chance to see every resident of the zoo is during feeding time in the morning.