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Dickerson Park Zoo Uses Caution with Winter Weather

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Dickerson Park Zoo takes extra caution this time of year with animals.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Dickerson Park Zoo takes extra caution this time of year with animals.

The cold days have an impact on our furry friends at home, but the same goes for the zoo animals here in the Ozarks.

While the zoo is closed when snow and ice cover the walkways, zookeepers are hard at work taking care of the animals.

Many have outside areas and they also have heated barns to keep them out of the cold.

The staff at Dickerson Park Zoo knows exactly how much each animal is able to stand the wintry weather.

"Our zookeepers know the tolerances of all of the different species are for temperature, ground condition and even down to individual animals that may or may not like to be out in the snow,” says Dickerson Park Zoo spokesperson Melinda Arnold.

The sun we've seen in the past few days has been great for the animals to go outside and get some fresh air.

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