Animals have special adaptations, these are special traits or behaviors that animals use to deal with the environment around them. These adaptations help animals deal with both cold and warm weather conditions. By adapting, animals are able to live in all sorts of adverse climates.
Wolves use their thick winter coats to help protect them from the weather. These coats help keep their skin drier and block out the cold wind. This is particularly important for the Arctic wolf, which lives in freezing weather all year long. Wolves dig shelters to provide them extra shelter in bad weather, which is another type of adaptation. They shed some of their thick coats in spring in preparation for summer.
Black bears are experts when it comes to adapting to their environment. They put on extra fat and hibernate to conserve energy through the colder months. This means they don’t have to hunt for food during sparse winter months. In the spring they come out and start the cycle all over again!
What kind of animal adaptations can you think of? Most animals have some types of adaptations, and when you visit us, you can see some of them in action. We invite you to come to the park and pay attention to the many different adaptations you may see during your visit!