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BRIEF: Polar air? No problem for some Detroit Zoo critters

January 28, 2014

By Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press

Jan. 28 --The brutal cold might keep many Detroit area residents indoors if they can avoid venturing outside, but some animals at the Detroit Zoo actually enjoy the cold weather, including some species native to warm climates. "The bison love this kind of weather, they're out there all the time," said Betsie Meister , associate curator of mammals at the zoo. Polar bears, arctic foxes, even lions, who could be seen playing in the snow today, can go outdoors in winter, but all zoo animals have access to heated buildings, Meister said. Some animals -- giraffes and great apes, for instance -- are kept inside, but visitors can still view many of them in their indoor habitats. And some exhibits, such as the Matilda Wilson Free-Flight Aviary and the Butterfly Garden, are tailor-made for winter viewing, Meister said. The Detroit Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Contact Eric D. Lawrence : elawrence@freepress.com ___ (c)2014 Detroit Free Press Visit the Detroit Free Press at www.freep.com Distributed by MCT Information Services


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Source: Detroit Free Press (MI)


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