HEAT IS ON FOR ENERGY PRODUCTION
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.”
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The pygmy marmosets happily pack into one nest box to share body heat during the colder months at Perth Zoo.