A bit of rain doesn't bother us...
Published: Feb 1, 2016A bit of rain doesn’t spoil our fun at Newquay Zoo in fact many of our animals love the wet weather! Here’s what our animals get up to on a wet day…..
The squirrel monkeys’ natural habitat is the tropical rainforest of Central and South America and so are very comfortable with a bit of rain. In fact in the wild the females give birth during the rainy season when there is lots to eat! At the zoo during a wet day, they can be seen in their outside enclosure, but if they do decide to go inside- they are clearly visible through a very large glass window- through which you can often see the palms of their hands as they come to have a good look at our visitors!
The critically endangered black macaques are a brave bunch, and so a bit of rain doesn’t stop these masters of mayhem from swinging around their outside enclosure. They happily sit for hours in the teeming rain, while watching us humans shelter and duck for cover! In the wild they live in the Sulawesi rainforest spending 60% of the time foraging for food and hanging out with the rest of their group. If they do decide to take shelter indoors a glass window allows visitors to view the monkeys while they groom and ‘hang out’ with each other.
Our Owston’s palm civet is a nocturnal creature and so in the wild they sleep during the day. Our Civets are kept in the nocturnal house in controlled conditions so that they are up and about during the day – allowing our visitors exclusive access to these critically endangered creatures. Of course the nocturnal house is inside - so there’s never any rain in there! Perfect!
In the wild Ural owls would have to hunt no matter what the weather. Our beautiful pair of course rely on our keepers for food and so are usually still up and about first thing in the morning and in the afternoon. In the wild they nest in lowland usually in open woodland and are more often found in moist rather than dry areas, and so a bit of Cornish rain doesn’t bother them!
The natural habitat of our Asian short clawed Otters is mangrove swamps and freshwater wetlands so rain is the otter’s idea of heaven! They can often be found playing in their river during a downpour, chasing each other and having a swim.
Humbolt penguins of course LOVE the rain! It only adds to the fun of diving into their watery enclosure. They are not as keen on the cold- however luckily here in Cornwall it doesn’t ever get THAT cold! At the zoo they spend hours frolicking in the water or drying out in the sun. Visitors can also get the chance to feed the penguins themselves during a penguin feeding experience, or watch them being fed at our daily feeding presentation.
Warty pigs love mud, obviously! And with rain comes mud. The critically endangered Visayan warty pigs that we have at the zoo have free-flow into their outside enclosure and can often be seen trotting about in the rain having a snuffle about.
Visiting the zoo in the rain is lots of fun but don’t forget your raincoat and wellies!