Fruits and sprinklers keep zoo animals cool as mercury rises in Mysuru | Mysore News

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Mysuru: Scorching summer weather has forced authorities at the 130-year-old Mysuru Zoo, which has the largest number of exotic animals in its collection, to take measures to keep animals, birds and reptiles cool .
All animal enclosures are equipped with sprinklers to cool them on hot days, and water-rich fruits are served, nutritional supplements, frozen candies are given, and the primates are offered a chewy coconut or two for help beat the Heater.
Every effort is made for dehydration and heatstroke in animals. Although there have been no cases of such incidents in the past, the conservation center will not take any risks when it comes to animal health, especially in summer. The zoo is literally a green tunnel housing over 100 species of animals located in the heart of Mysuru town and spread over 90 acres.
Mysuru has fallen under the spell of a heat wave, with the town registering 34 degrees Celsius for the past week.
Mysuru Zoo executive director Ajith Kulkarni said it has been a practice for decades to make special arrangements for the animals during the summer season. “Like humans, animals and birds also feel heat,” he explained.
According to him, the zoo is home to more than 1500 animals, birds and reptiles of 148 different species. The zoo has the largest collection of exotic animals like orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, African cheetahs and giraffes in India. Taking care of the health of all animals during the summer is a challenge as they need extra care due to the scorching temperature of these months. Naturally, all enclosures where animals and birds are housed are kept cool by sprinkling water, although there are pools of water and pools of mud. Elephants are showered regularly and water ponds in big cat areas are kept full.
Coolers have been installed in the orangutan and gorilla enclosures. Asiatic black bears are being served frozen candy to help them beat the heat. Water is sprinkled regularly in all animal and bird areas.
The zoo has three full-time veterinarians and each animal has keepers who closely monitor their health. If a change in their behavior or state of health is noted, the necessary health care is provided immediately.
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