Animal Corner–Preparing for Winter at Wild Animal Safari

For several of our animals, the winter season presents many challenges at the park. Some animals come from parts of the world that do not experience cold winter weather.They have not adapted to these cooler temperatures, so it is up to us to help them get through it.

Here are a few of the steps we take to protect our animals and keep them warm during these often frigid months:  

  • Since September, we have increased the amount of food the animals eat. This creates a fatty tissue layer that provides extra insulation for the winter.
  • During colder winter days, we add corn to their meals. Corn is harder for animals to digest, so the extra time spent metabolizing corn provides extra warmth.
  • Several animals, like Sheldon our giraffe and the primates, move into a heated building if the temperature does not reach certain heights.
  • For the animals that remain in the walkabout and drive-thru, we provide heated buildings for them when they need a break from the cold.  
  • During snowy and icy weather, we roll thousands of pounds of hay into the drive-thru for the animals to have warm bedding.

Remember, during some of these colder snaps, the park may be forced to close to protect the animals and our guests from the weather. Be sure to check the forecast before going out on the road. When in doubt about whether or not the park is open during the winter, please call us at (417) 859-5300.