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Hyena in Winter

Hyena in Winter

We have been getting a lot of questions about how the animals handle the colder/snowier than usual winter.  Yes, the temperatures have been colder and we have seen a lot of snow but the zoo has been here for over 40 years and we have faced a lot of extreme weather from hurricanes and droughts to blizzards.  Because we are in New England, we are prepared for the changes in the weather.  Animals are amazingly adaptive as their survival instinct is very strong.  We take every precaution and provide all that they would need to make their winter warm and cozy but sometimes even we are surprised how some of our animals choose to venture outside their warm dens to brave the winter…like the hyenas pictured!  The biggest challenge for zookeepers is to keep the water supply from freezing by refreshing it often.  Hydration is very important during the winter months for the animals as the air is much drier.  We also make sure the animals get additional vitamins and proper nutrition to keep them strong and healthy during the winter that they may not need during the summer.  However, if you’re a yak, you are in your element.  They thrive in this weather and surprisingly so do the camels!

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