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Winter Care for Zoo Animals

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It's the off-season at Roosevelt Park Zoo, but there's still plenty of work going on to keep the animals warm and healthy this winter season.

Each day zoo staff members remove snow on the grounds and ensure the animals are warm, comfortable, and well-fed.

Animals that are comfortable with the climate are able to go outside at times and the rest will stay indoors for the duration of the season.

All of the animals have a barn structure for shelter.

Zoo veterinarian, Ann Olson, says the animals are monitored to ensure they're staying healthy.

(Ann Olson, Zoo Veterinarian)"The keepers are very well-trained so they can recognize if there's any stress or if the animal's cold or not doing well. They can let us know. Sometimes increase feed intake or the quality of the grain. Things like that just to make sure everyone's in good condition, but for the most part, the animals are pretty stress-free."

Olson says the zoo has just under 200 animals that they are caring for this year.

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