MYSURU: With the onset of summer and increasing temperatures, authorities at Mysuru Zoo are taking special care to ensure the animals don’t suffer from the sweltering heat.
Like humans, animals in captivity too require attention to keep them in the pink of health. They get dehydrated quickly in the heat.
Mysuru Zoo houses nearly 1,400 mammals, birds and reptiles including exotic species at its 129-year–old facility. Mammals like chimpanzee are served tender coconut water to beat the heat and Himalayan black bear and sloth bears are given fruits frozen in ice cubes.
Sprinklers and showers are fitted at enclosures of massive animals like elephants, giraffes and Indian guars. Ponds inside the enclosures of tigers, lions, cheetahs and leopards are kept full and refilled twice of thrice a day.
Winged beauties are being given electrolytes, vitamins and minerals in food and water to prevent them from getting dehydrated. Shelters are being created to ensure animals relax in the shade.
The zoo’s executive director Ajit Kulkarni says the animals require special care during summer. “We have taken up various precautions to keep the animals, birds and reptiles cool. The temperature on the campus though will be lesser by 1 degree Celsius because of the trees and greenery. But sometimes the temperature reaches up to 36 degrees,” he says.
“Along with external arrangements like installation and usage of sprinklers and showers to help animals feel comfortable during summer days, there has been a change in the diet to help them not get dehydrated. More fruits and vegetables are added in the diet and electrolytes are given to birds and animals along with multivitamins and minerals. Watermelon and Oranges are always counted in,” he says.
“Chimpanzees are given coconut water and tonic; Asiatic bears are served food or fruits stuffed in ice cubes to help them beat the heat. Animals do require special care during summer,” says Kulkarni.