Zoos SA

How to combat the cold? Keep a tiger toasty!

Warm your heart with Zoos SA’s EOFY appeal

Frosty mornings across the state this week have not only been felt by humans but also by the animals at Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park!

After the city recorded its coldest morning in 2022 on Monday, the animals have been keeping toasty snuggling under their heat lamps, snoozing in the winter sun and curling up on in-floor heating incorporated into their exhibits.

“Keeping the furry, feathered and scaly residents at the zoo nice and snug is incredibly important,” said Director of Adelaide Zoo, Dr Phil Ainsley.

“At Zoos SA we use a science-based approach to animal welfare that focuses on the Five Domains: Environment, behaviour, nutrition, health and positive mental state.

“When it comes to the endangered and exotic species the zoo cares for, we aim to emulate their natural habitat and environment in the wild,” finished Phil.

However, as the cost of living rises, the upkeep and maintenance of heating at the zoo has become costly.

That’s where Zoos SA’s Winter Warmer end of financial year appeal comes in.

As an accredited not-for-profit conservation charity, the organisation is asking conservation supporters and animal lovers to dig their paws deep to help keep the residents snug this winter.

While generous folk can continue to donate throughout the year, today (30 June) is the last day to donate to the appeal to ensure the gift is tax deductible.

Zoos SA hopes that people’s warm-hearted generosity will allow them to update heating for the Sumatran Orangutan, Sumatran Tiger and Komodo Dragon at Adelaide Zoo and install heating for the new holding of Radiated Tortoises at Monarto Safari Park.

The installation of new heating bars in orangutans Puspa and Kluet’s night quarters will keep this critically-endangered twosome toasty, while Delilah the Sumatran Tiger will be equipped with a cosy den for when (paws crossed) there is the pitter-patter of tiger cubs.

At Monarto Safari Park, the Radiated tortoises will be shellebrating by basking under warming heat lamps.

To donate, please visit zoossa.com.au/winterwarmer.

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About Zoos SA

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to connect people with nature and save species from extinction. Zoos SA acknowledges the Country on which we stand always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land and we pay our deepest respect and gratitude to Kaurna (Adelaide Zoo) and Ngarrindjeri (Monarto Safari Park) Elders, past, present and emerging. We undertake critical conservation work throughout Australia and acknowledge the traditional custodians of these lands.

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