Aquatic & Reptile Center - Nov. 24
Amazon River Turtle, Onassis, will be off exhibit for several weeks. She is receiving special shell treatments by animal care staff. The shell issue is similar to humans having an abnormal skin condition. When treatments are complete, she’ll return to the Flooded Forest habitat.
Living in Wisconsin, we enjoy the beauty and scenery changes that come with transitions from spring to summer, summer to fall and fall to winter.
As the seasons and temperatures change, it affects the way animals are displayed and cared for, so throughout the year, animals on public exhibit change seasonally.
Cold-blooded animals native to warmer regions of the world, like Africa and South America, have a harder time tolerating the Wisconsin winter temperatures. Similarly, animals from colder regions like snow leopards from the mountains of Central Asia and red pandas from the Eastern Himalayas, prefer spending time in their outdoor habitats during the cooler temperatures.
The link below includes a list of animals on public exhibit seasonally, when weather permits.
Zookeepers work with animals so they spend time in the outdoor exhibits even during the colder months, sometimes for brief periods, for their physical and mental wellbeing. Animals that are more adapted to the cold weather might be more active during the winter.
As a general guideline, the warm-weather animals such as hippo, zebra, alpaca, tapir, impala, waterbuck and bongo, usually have access to their outdoor habitats if temperatures are above 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
For animals to be safe outside, their habitats need to be free of ice, which could present a danger of falling. Keepers work diligently to clear and remove ice whenever necessary.
Our animal care staff make every effort for animals to be visible in their habitats, ensuring guests enjoy a complete and enriched visit.
For a list of animals on exhibit seasonally, when the weather permits, and a list of animals off exhibit click here.
Note: All of the animal buildings, except Primates of the World and the Small Mammals building, are open at a 25 percent capacity.
*Animals in their public habitats are subject to change due to veterinary procedures or unforeseen circumstances.