Animals beating the heat!

Yesterday was very hot, reaching over 30C in many parts of the country. We were all feeling the heat down at the Nature Centre, with most of the animals seeking shelter in the shade.

The alpacas chill out under the shade of the trees
The alpacas chill out under the trees

Even our sun-worshipping meerkats were feeling a bit too warm and took to pressing their bellies on the shady sand to cool down!

This trio decided to have a sit down in the shade!

As well as ensuring all the animals had plenty of water and shelter, we also thought up a few other ways of keeping them cool. We made blood ice cubes for the carnivores, fruit ice lollies for the herbivores and gave ice-cold pieces of fruit to everyone.

The yellow mongoose tuck into some ice cold watermelon
The yellow mongoose tuck into some ice-cold watermelon

We also provided showers…

Sydney the emu enjoys a nice sprinkle
Sydney the emu enjoying his shower!

…and baths complete with rubber duckies!

The meerkats chased the rubber ducks around the tub and got very wet in the process!
The meerkats chased the rubber ducks around the tub and got very wet in the process!

It looks like that might be it for our summer this year already, but if it does come back again, we know how to keep cool!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s