"They will be hiding somewhere; lying idle during the daytime. Being inactive is their natural defence mechanism to cope with the summer heat," says Dr
But they will be active in the morning and evening.
As the summer is reaching its peak in the
The wide enclosures that house big cats have an air conditioned service area, where food is served and they can rest. Most of them stay in the service area during the day.
But cheetahs are more active despite the heat.
"They wake up and walk if they are hungry during the daytime. He is hungry and his caretaker will give him the food soon," Dr Sa'ad said.
Tigers and cheetahs need a cool environment because their natural habitat is thick forest.
"They live inside the jungle that gives them enough shade and cooling," said Dr Sa'ad, who worked at
Generally, all carnivorous animals find it difficult to cope with heat but lions are an exception.
Lions are used to hot weather as their natural habitat is grassy plains, savannas, open woodlands, dry thorn forests in
There is constant water flow inside the enclosures of all big cats. However, the pipes for irrigating the grass and bushes inside the enclosures have been installed on the steel roof. "If pipes are on the ground or underground, they will dig out and destroy them," Dr Sa'ad said.
Water is frequently sprayed through a computerised system in the animals' enclosures and on the visitors' walkways to maintain a cool atmosphere during the daytime.
Racoons, an omnivorous animal, also get special care during the summer. The twelve racoons at the zoo depend on the refreshing pool inside their air-conditioned enclosure to keep cool.
Most of the animals in enclosures without a roof, such as blackbucks from
Now extinct in the wild, scimitar-horned oryx once lived in north African countries such as
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