It’s that time of year again, animals are starting to shed their fur. Depending upon the weather, animals shed their extra warm layer in preparation for the summer season. Have you ever wondered how this happens? This occurs largely due to hormonal changes which trigger it to reflect the season.
Here is how it works….When the weather grows colder, the hormonal changes causes the fur coat to grow thicker. This helps keep the animal warm during the frigid winter months. When the weather turns warmer, like it is doing now, their fur starts to fall from the animal’s skin. This thin coat helps the animal adapt to the higher temperatures.
You can see the fur shedding when you visit any park or zoo, and this can sometimes be worrisome. Don’t worry, this is a normal part of nature and it helps our animals stay more comfortable in the hot temperatures. In this picture featuring one of our park’s animals. Around its neck, you can see a thin coat. Along the rest of the body, you can see patches of heavier fur. This is fur that simply hasn’t been completely shed yet. Soon, this heavy fur will be gone and the animal will have a thin coat of fur that is perfect for these hot months! In a few months when fall and winter roll back around, the fur will return!