Marwell Zoo keeps cool

Ice-cream at Marwell Zoo but not for humans

It’s a really hot Friday here on the south coast of England and I could really do with an ice-cream (where is the ice-cream van when you need him?). I have returned from Darwin to find the heat of the tropics in my own backyard and I am trying to keep cool and in desperate need of a dip in a pool and an ice-cream.

I then discover that just a few miles up the road at Marwell Zoo the animals are doing exactly that. As temperatures soar and records begin to fall Kushka, the new tiger is taking a dip in the pool.

Kushka, Marwell Zoo's new tiger, cooling off - Photo by John Jefferies
Kushka, Marwell Zoo’s new tiger, cooling off – Photo by John Jefferies

Kushka is not the only one who is keeping cool. The lemurs are being treated to ice-cream treats. Marie Sawell, a nutritionist, has developed a range of pet treats and donated some to Marwell Zoo after they gave the all clear for the lemurs to cool off with an ice-cream treat.

The lemurs at Marwell Zoo getting waiter service and a an iced treat in the heatwave - Photo courtesy of Marwell Wildlife
The lemurs at Marwell Zoo getting waiter service and a an iced treat in the heatwave – Photo courtesy of Marwell Wildlife

Ice-cream is not normally part of the lemurs diet but this is no ordinary ice treat. Marie’s Billy+Margot iced treats were developed for dogs and are based around fruit, flaxseed oil and aloe vera. They will be used sparingly as enrichment treats and complement the already balanced diet the lemurs are on.

A lemur at Marwell Zoo enjoys an iced treat - Photo courtesy of Marwell Wildlife
A lemur at Marwell Zoo enjoys an iced treat – Photo courtesy of Marwell Wildlife

Even if I can’t keep cool at least the animals at Marwell Zoo can during this heatwave. Marwell Zoo is between Southampton and Winchester and is a great place for a family day out.



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