POSTED: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 7:06pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 7:10pm
Zoo remains open, many exhibits closed
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — With the bitter cold gripping East Texas, zoo keepers from Caldwell Zoo in Tyler have their hands full trying to keep all the animals warm. "We lock them in, the barns are heated (and) we do add extra heat with the small heat lamps that we have, put down extra bedding hay and crank the thermostat up to keep these guys good and warm," Zoo keeper Scotty Stainback said.
Each animal has different cold thresholds, many birds can stay outside up to 25 degrees. However the majority of the animals are brought inside the heated barns when temps reach 32 degrees. However Stainback says, they keep a close eye on the animals just incase they need to bring them inside sooner, "Even though we say the cut off is 32, we still adjust to whats the most comfortable to the animal," Stainback said, "If we see the animals get in their herds and get real tight, that's an indicator to us that they are getting cool, at that point we might make an adjustment and bring them on in."
Dispite the cold weather, Caldwell Zoo remains open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., however many of the exhibits have signs on them that read: 'off exhibit due to weather' meaning the animals are inside and cannot be seen by the public. Stainback says the zoo welcomes visitors, however if you plan to be a guest at the zoo you may want to wait a little while until it gets warmer to see more animals.
For more information about the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler click here: http://www.caldwellzoo.org/index.htm