As temperatures dropped and snow blanketed the parks, keepers on the Dallas and Fort Value zoos rode out the winter storm to take care of the animals.

Like The Dallas Zoo, which isn’t thought of a necessary location on the facility grid, has had intermittent outages and a lack of water in some areas just like the neighborhoods surrounding it, spokeswoman Kari Streiber mentioned.

However, Streiber mentioned, the animals are all wholesome and doing nicely.

A crew of 11 to 18 individuals from the animal care, veterinary, diet and amenities departments hunkered down in workplaces and different areas onsite to watch and reply to points as they got here up in a single day, Streiber mentioned.

Along with that crew, one other group of workers stayed in a single day for a number of nights to keep away from deteriorating highway circumstances earlier than their subsequent shift, and extra workers got here in every day for his or her common shifts, she mentioned.

With a watch on the climate, groups moved smaller animals round and inside different areas that had warmth as wanted and introduced mills and heaters round to stabilize the temperatures within the barns, she mentioned.

For added insulation, keepers used further hay and plastic sheeting round doorways and drafty spot, Streiber mentioned.

The Dallas Zoo was closed Feb. 11 for ice, reopened once more the subsequent day, and has been closed since Feb. 13. The Dallas Zoo stays closed by means of Friday as they consider when it is going to be protected to reopen.

The Fort Value Zoo grounds by no means misplaced energy, however a number of pipes have burst all through the park.

Zoo spokeswoman Avery Elander mentioned keepers and workers have been onsite 24/7 to care and feed the animals, which have been in temperature-controlled barns with nesting supplies and warmth lamps.

On their days off, different zoo workers have stopped by to convey, blankets, towels, toiletries and snacks to the individuals who have hunkered right down to maintain watch over the animals, she mentioned.

For the animals with entry to their outside habitats, some have ventured out to play within the snow, however others have determined to remain inside, the place they will have the snow dropped at them as an enrichment exercise, Elander mentioned.

Operations workers have additionally been clearing pathways and eradicating snow from tents, tarps and overhangs, and engineers are monitoring electrical energy and plumbing, she mentioned.

Elander mentioned the Fort Value Zoo hopes to open Friday at midday.


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