Moncton Zoo Has All Weather Protocols in Place

The snowy weather is a boon for some animals in Moncton Zoo. There are other animals that are not ready to take the New Brunswick winters. Bernard Gallant, the interim manager at the Moncton Zoo, said that the procedures are in place to meet any kind of weather.

He said that many animals who cannot survive the wintry conditions at night are housed inside in large warm rooms. They get food to eat and toys to play. The zoo caretakers go inside the night house and blow away the snow around the fence and the house.

The zebras cannot fight the winter and hence they are kept inside at nights. The zebras do not have thick winter coats like horses. The tigers in the zoo love the wintry conditions of this province.

There is a Houdini tiger in the zoo that loves snowy conditions. It was enjoying playing with the snow that was piled against the fence by the cleaning staff of the zoo. Gallant said that the tiger was looking for an escape route through the top of his fence. Gallant says that he gets to learn something new about zoo operations during the snowy season every year.

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Trey Nelson has over six years experience as a teacher, ecologist, zoologist and botanist. She has a B.S. from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University Graduate School. His professional expertise in environmental health empacts has been recognized since 1973, when she testified at a New York DEC public hearing in Utica on ground truthing aerial photo wetland mapping by wetland community type. He taught (HS) Physics, Geology, Oceanography, Chemistry and photography from 1970-1980 at Palfrey Street School, Watertown, MA. Aproject: National Cooperative Highway Research Program.

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