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Zoo gets fewer visitors in heat, but keeps animals coolAround Slovakia
12 Aug 2013 Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská Regional News
THE MID-July heat wave resulted in a decline in the number of visitors to the Bratislava zoo. One particularly hot weekend, with temperatures reaching almost 40°C, saw only slightly more than 1,100 visitors. On a cooler weekend in mid July, when temperatures hovered around 28°C, 5,600 people came to view the animals.
During the whole of July, 46,339 people visited the local zoo, the SITA newswire wrote.
Rhinos also protect themselves from the sun by rolling about in mud.
“It serves as a kind of sun-protecting cream,” Katarína Matejovičová from the education department of the zoo said. “When the mud falls from the skin, it removes various mites and parasites, so one could say that the mud is also a repellent.”
Pygmy pigs, deer, capybaras and sitatungas have mud lakes, too. Ostriches are also given showers; they love the water and even try to drink from the hosepipe.
Matejovičová said that while some animals love warm weather, others are not well suited to it.
The basic requirements for hot days are to provide shade for all animals in their pens, and sufficient water. Chimpanzees get water mixed with fruit juice, as they like the sweet flavour, while some animals are given pieces of fruit or vegetables frozen together with water. In summer, animals are active mainly in the mornings and in the evenings, when temperatures are lower.
“At noon, visitors mainly get to see African animals, like giraffes, zebras or suricates, which are used to the heat,” Matejovičová concluded.
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