Cooling off with the herd

Summer is finally here! Every year as the weather starts to heat up for the summer season, zoo keepers do our very best to keep all the animals here cool and comfortable.

The elephants in particular have been beating the heat the last few weeks by several swimming sessions in their pool. They also enjoy getting sprayed down with a fire hose, misters, and a lot of mud holes!

By getting their bodies all wet and then coating themselves in mud, the elephants create a cool barrier that also serves as sunscreen, a moisturizer, and a bug repellent.

Come see if you can catch a glimpse of our four African elephants in their pool on your next visit!

–Jenna Bovee, Zoologist