The weekend’s heavy snow brought love-hate moments for Dudley Zoo’s 1,600-strong collection of animals.
While the likes of the red pandas, Humboldt penguins, Patagonian sea lions, and snowy owls were in their element in the wintry weather, the majority of the zoo’s animals have spent their days enjoying enrichment activities inside in their heated and insulated dens.
The zoo’s three new reindeer experienced snow for the very first time on Friday as the first wave of snow showers hit the borough.
Staff at the zoo have been working hard to keep enclosure roofs and food troughs free of snow, as well as making sure pools and water bowls are free of ice.
The zoo’s press officer, Rachel Hickman, said that “despite the weather and the closure of the zoo to visitors on Friday, yesterday and today, it’s still business as usual for our dedicated keeping staff and gardening team who battled through the snowdrifts to make sure our animals… received the best possible care.
“Our curators keep a close eye on the weather forecasts so we were well prepared for the last few days and had stocked up on dry feed, straw, and hay, which keepers had to manually haul around the hilly site due to limited vehicle access, which is when sledges came in very useful!”