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Ready for winter!
06 December 2021

Winter is gradually coming into its own.  This means that it is time for our wards to move to the inner enclosures.  If in the warm season such animals as an elephant, a hippopotamus, an alligator, noses, hyenas, Japanese macaques were exhibited mainly in open enclosures, now you can see them in the "winter" apartments.

But animals will be in winter not only there.  After all, the walks have not been canceled.  Therefore, if the weather is not critical, almost all animals walk during the day.  The duration of the walks is different for each species.  For example, an elephant slowly loses heat, so it can stay outside for a long time in cool weather.  But monkeys freeze faster.  Although for our Japanese macaques, the temperature of -5 ° C is quite comfortable.

There are animals that remain in open enclosures during the winter.  These are maned rams, sika deer, camels, lynxes, wolves, tigers, raccoon dogs, and some birds.  In open enclosures, they have houses or sheds with warm bedding of straw and sawdust, where animals can take shelter from the weather and keep warm.  Therefore, they will not experience discomfort from a drop in temperature.  Yes, and these animals were preparing for the winter.  It is especially clear how the reindeer have warmed up.  They have a thick, beautiful undercoat that helps to keep warm in the cold.  Facilitates heat retention and subcutaneous fat accumulated over the summer.  The camels also have a thicker coat.  It is not blown through even in very strong winds and does not let the cold through in frosts.

As for the diet in winter, it has also undergone certain changes.  In particular, animals are fed more often and more.  In percentage terms, the amount of feed increased by about 15-20%.