Asheboro, NC -- There's no question most of us are complaining about the heat, but imagine having to face these temperatures wearing a fur or down coat.
Employees at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro are working overtime to make sure the animals do okay in the heat.
There is water and ice in the exhibits and lots of shade.
And in the North America exhibit, where the sea lions and puffins are, there is an added option.
"We will give them access to their back areas when the temperatures get to 95 to 100 degrees and the keepers think they are being heat stressed. Most of our areas are air conditioned if not the keepers set up fans and sprinklers and misters for them in the back," said Jennifer Ireland, NC Zoo Animal Management Supervisor.
There is still plenty to see at the zoo, and it's a great day trip. Just don't be surprised if some of the animals choose to forego the heat.
The zoo is also trying to look out for you. They ask that you wear light-weight clothing when you visit during the summer, take breaks and keep yourself hydrated. The best time to go is in the early morning. That's when the animals are active and you avoid the heat of the day.
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