Keeping animals warm at Zoo World

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The zookeepers at Zoo World showed us how they keep their animals warm during frigid nights.

The zookeepers at Zoo World showed us how they keep their animals warm during frigid nights. (WJHG/WECP)

They use heat lamps, heating pads, and warm shelters.

They say they want the animals to be able to adapt to the cooler temperatures so they make sure not to overheat the animals.

Certain animals like sloths and tropical climate birds are more susceptible to the cold, while animals like bears and tigers adapt to cooler temperatures by storing more fat.

Curator of Animal Care Erika Newell said, "The animals at the zoo need to learn how to acclimate if they are certain species because that is what they would be introduced to in the wild, and it's good for them to build up all of that down and fat content in their system so they can stay warm throughout the winter months."

Staff always makes sure the animals have a place that shelters them from the wind, and they provide heat sources to animals that need them.

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