Brandywine zoo inhabitants sheltered from the cold

By Michelle Provencher 8:01pm, January 25, 2014 - Updated 8:15pm, January 25, 2014
With the freezing temps and falling snow, many of us are retreating to our warm homes this weekend. But what about the animals at the zoo?

New Director of the Brandywine Zoo Gene Peacock comes to Delaware from a relatively warmer climate - North Carolina - much like many of the animals in his care.

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"Problematic, would be our tropical animals. And what we have to do is, we have to bring those guys inside. Our toucans, our sloths, the monkeys we still have on site. So right now we have them in a variety of places off exhibit, where they're indoors and stay warm in these temperatures," Peacock said.

Peacock says his zoo crews are used to coming up with creative housing for animals since the monkey house collapse last year, and everyone is being kept warm, dry and safe.

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"We had the issue with the tree falling on the monkey house last summer. The keepers have had to get very creative in where they put some animals. Our hospital has a lot of monkeys in it still," Peacock said.

Peacock adds that not all animals need new accommodations. The Siberian tigers love playing outside and lounging in the snow.


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