Crea­ture com­forts


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

THE days might be get­ting colder but there is one cor­ner of Perth that will reach a siz­zling 45C this win­ter.

Perth Zoo uses UV heat lamps to keep the night quar­ters of the Ko­modo dragon at the scorch­ing tem­per­a­ture, while also keep­ing many of the an­i­mals warm in win­ter through the pro­duc­tion of 390,000kWh of so­lar energy.

Spokes­woman Danielle Henry said the zoo used a range of tech­niques to keep the an­i­mals com­fort­able, in­clud­ing un­der­floor heat­ing for the Galapagos tor­toise, re­verse-cy­cle night heat­ing for the Su­ma­tran orang-utans and a heated pool for the 500kg crocodile Simmo.

“The largest is a mam­moth bank of 12 heaters, which keep the ele­phants com­fort­able on a cold win­ter’s night,” she said.

“By far the most nu­mer­ous though, are dozens of in­di­vid­ual lit­tle UV heat-lamps which lizards, snakes, mon­i­tors, tur­tles, meerkats and ot­ters bask un­der for their com­fort and health.”

We have five fam­ily day passes to Perth Zoo to give away to lo­cal read­ers. En­ter at­mu­ni­

The pygmy mar­mosets hap­pily pack into one nest box to share body heat dur­ing the colder months at Perth Zoo.

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