As we all know, wildfires are raging in Southern California. About 500 animals in Santa Barbara Zoo are waiting to start breathing normally again. Zoo is not in the evacuation zone, but smoke and smog are everywhere, and quality of air is really low.
As Thomas fire slowly spreads in the north, we are wondering what is happening with animals at the Zoo? Well, concerned zoo staff decided to close the zoo for two days, on Sunday and Monday. And what is this about?
For animals not to inhale smog and soot, they were closed inside. And for them not to get bored, the animal care staff provided them enrichment, such as toys, treats and puzzles. Apparently, apart from being safe inside, the staff also cares about their entertainment.
And how some of the smallest members of zoo have fun, watch here:
This little one are rally having fun, right?
#ThomasFire update: The Zoo remains closed today. Updates similar to yesterday – we’re still clear of the evacuation zone and staff & animals are indoors as much as possible. Stay tuned for more updates this week! Thank you for the support!
— Santa Barbara Zoo (@SantaBarbaraZoo) December 12, 2017
And that there is no reason for concern, zoo director also confirmed. Nancy McToldridge posted on Twitter.
“We drill for and are prepared for emergencies.”
Also they report, they are taking all the necessary measures to keep animals and staff safe.
And while we all hope that evacuation won’t be necessary, we know that, at least for now, these animals are doing fine.
Let us remind that about 8.500 firefighters are fighting 6 wildfires raging in Southern California. Last week, Thomas fire burned area of about 230.000 acres and it is considered one of the 5 biggest fires in US history.
Animal Lovers, Let us pray for all affected by this disaster!