Wildfire smoke drifting into Albuquerque affecting zoo animals


Wildfire smoke drifting into Albuquerque affecting zoo animals

09 June 2011

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USA — ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Rio Grande Zoo is taking extra precautions to protect its animals from the haze and ash drifting over from the eastern Arizona wildfire.

KOB-TV reports workers at the Albuquerque zoo say they move the monkeys and other primates indoors around 3:30 each afternoon.

Zoo official Doug Hotle said some of the other animals like giraffes don’t need the special care because they’re built to live in the wild with wildfires.

Zoo staffers say if giraffes and other animals look uncomfortable out in the zoo’s open areas, they will bring them inside.

The zoo also installed some misters to keep the ash levels down for the zoo’s bird population.
 


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