VIDEO: Summer Fun at the Zoo!

VIDEO: Summer Fun at the Zoo!
Looking for a fun summer outing? Head to the zoo, where people and animals alike can stay cool!
The scorching summer heat is uncomfortable for people and animals alike, and the Phoenix Zoo is taking extra precautions to keep it’s residents and visitors safe and comfortable.
Although many of the zoo animals live in hot climates in the wild, it is critical to offer them refuge from the relentless sun and rising temperatures.
One of the best places to enjoy a summer evening is the zoo, with dozens of incredible creatures on display. But if you’re heading there soon, make sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen to
With the summer nearing record-breaking temperatures, this summer the Phoenix Zoo is taking extra precautions to keep its animals and visitors cool, and comfortable.
Many animals that call the Phoenix Zoo home tolerate extreme temperatures, but it is important to give them relief from the summer heat. Each habitat features trees, bushes and logs as sources of shade, but the zoo also gives them extra relief.
Zookeepers keep their eyes open, regularly monitoring animals for signs of heat exhaustion such as lethargy and abnormal activity. When you’re strolling past the exhibits, keep your eyes peeled for pigs, warthogs and tortoises playing and wallowing in man-made mud baths. Monkeys and elephants can also be spotted enjoying cool sprinkler showers, while orangutans will hang out in air-conditioned rooms during the day. Lions, tigers, bears and rhinos have pools inside their habitats too!
Visitors are encouraged to stop and take breaks during their visit, checking out gift stores and indoor exhibits! Another way to stay cool? Head to the Splash Pads and the Stingray Bay touch tank to cool off and see some unique creatures.
The zoo has special summer hours to beat the heat, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and mornings are generally the best time to visit the zoo! Guests should also bring lots of water, a hat, protective clothing and sunscreen.
For more information please visit the official website. The Phoenix Zoo is located at 455 N. Galvin Parkway in Phoenix.

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