While zoos and aquariums may close to visitors during severe weather, animal care teams don’t take snow days.
With winter storm Jonas impacting the east coast, The Maryland Zoo‘s animal care team is camped out onsite to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the animals in their care.
The team was set up to spend the night on the Mansion House porch during the height of the snowfall.
Being a zookeeper is a physically demanding career, especially when prepping an elephant area for a storm. Keeping animal habitats safe and clean is no small task.
24 hours into the storm, over a foot of snow had already fallen over Maryland. Constant digging was necessary to keep pathways and vehicles clear.
Snow storms are great opportunities for extra animal enrichment. Animal care specialists build snowmen and other cold creations for the animals to investigate.
Thanks to this dedicated team, the animals of The Maryland Zoo are safe and comfortable while Jonas continues to dump snow across the region.