Some animals at Irvine Park Zoo will be moving indoors due to the cold

Chippewa Falls (WQOW)- Friday night, temperatures are reaching below freezing, which means you need to start getting out to Irvine Park Zoo earlier if you want to see the animals.

Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Dick Hebert said when temperatures start reaching below 40 that’s when animals from the small mammal building like the lemurs will start spending the night indoors.

Hebert said they will be outside during the day if it’s above 40 degrees.

The best times to go, is between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Hebert said.

“The tigers, they’re usually out during the day, it has to get really cold for them to not be out during the day,” Hebert said. “At night they go in if it’s below 10 degrees. The other animals we have are the hyenas there, they don’t like the cold as much as the tigers so if it’s below 20 degrees at night they are in at night.”

Hebert said they try to get the tigers and hyenas out at least once a day even in the winter.

He said the bison and elk are out year round.

Since it’s getting cold, Irvine Park is asking for the public’s help keeping the animals entertained while indoors.

Hebert said the lemurs love gummy bears, and it’s a nice treat to give them when they aren’t excited to come inside.

He said some other items on the list are nuts, cinnamon and perfumes.

He said the animals like to have something different to smell and that’s where the perfume and spices come in handy.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee

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