Los Angeles Times
Ningbo Wildlife Park takes measures to help animals keep cool in summer
The Ningbo Wildlife Park in east China's Zhejiang Province treated animals to air conditioning, iced fruits and cold water to help them avoid the summer heat.
To give the animals "cooling meals for summer", zookeepers made adjustments to their feeds as the highest temperature climbed to 38 degrees Celsius in the city on Friday.
"Now I'm preparing food for the monkeys. In summer, we often give them multiple meals a day, with juicier fruits, such as watermelon. Also, in summer, mung beans would be added in Wowotou buns to prevent animals from sunstroke and keep them cool," said Chen Jianfeng, a keeper of the park.
"Summer has arrived. We have adjusted the mix of most animal feeds. For example, the ratio of fruits has been increased by 20 to 30 percent. In particular, animals would be provided with iced fruits," said Zhuo Kaicun, assistant manager of the animal management department.
Meanwhile, the park also provides cooling devices for animals to avoid the summer heat from air conditioning to ice cube, electric fans, sprays and pools.
"To help animals have a comfortable summer, we added three spray systems and put up some shade nets for them," Zhuo said.