How Do Petting Zoo Animals Stay Warm in the Winter?

by Creation Museum on January 8, 2016

It’s no secret the weather is getting colder in Kentucky where the Creation Museum is located but our petting zoo animals get to stay nice and warm! Many people believe we must have to close the petting zoo and move animals like the wallabies and camels to a warmer area; however, this isn’t the case!

Our zookeepers do a great job keeping our animals warm and comfortable over the cold winter months. All of the zoo animals get extra thick bedding (straw) in their barns along with heat lamps. Some of the animals also get heated mats to lie on! All the barns are equipped with vinyl strips over the doors which the animals are easily able to walk through but the vinyl also keeps the cold air out. In addition, some of the animals get coats to wear if it gets very cold.

Goats on Straw

The staff are frequently asked how camels and wallabies are able to deal with winter in Kentucky. Most people think of camels living in the hot desert; however, deserts can get very cold overnight. Camels are animals designed to survive in harsh climates—hot or cold! Our camels grow thick winter coats which keep them very warm.

We have Bennett’s wallabies at the Creation Museum. This species of wallaby is found in eastern Australia and Tasmania and these areas have a more temperate climate and occasional snow! Since the Bennett’s wallaby can deal with colder temperatures better than other species of wallaby, they are the most commonly kept wallaby here in the States. Our wallabies and camels love when it snows. It’s fun to watch them frolicking in a fresh snow fall!

Alpaca in Snow Wallaby Eating Lettuce Zonkeys in Snow Zonkey Coat