Although many people tend to associate visiting a zoo with summer, you can still visit a zoo during the winter months. In fact, zoos want to see more visitors through their doors!
With the colder weather and holiday activities, zoos can struggle to see people through their doors. Our zoo wildlife conservation team has rounded up some reasons why you should plan a visit or two to your local zoo this winter!
There are fewer crowds.
During the winter months, more people spend time at home, holiday shopping or traveling. Which makes it the perfect time to visit your local zoo. Since there might be fewer people visiting the zoo, you will see more exhibits. However, keep in mind some exhibits might close due to cold weather. For example, you might not see elephants in the outdoor exhibits.
You might see unexpected animals.
Just like humans, animals can also be sensitive to heat. Some animals are not as active in the hot weather as other animals. The winter weather can bring out some animals from hiding.
Some animals that are particularly more active during the colder weather are larger cat species, birds and goats. These animals have fur and feathers that allow them to adapt more easily to the colder weather. But, it makes it harder for them to adapt to the heat.
For example, your best chance of seeing a snow leopard is during the winter. These animals love the weather because they have thick fur and a large nasal cavity that helps them breathe warm air.
There are holiday events to attend.
Some exhibits might not be open in some states, where the weather gets particularly cold. However, this should not discourage people from visiting a zoo. These organizations hold holiday-inspired events that help them raise money for animal conservation and research.
Here is a list of zoos and holiday events you should attend this year.
Cookies with the Clauses
Penguins and Pancakes
You are helping fund their conservation programs.
Most zoos are nonprofit organizations. What does this term mean? It means these organizations' purpose is not to generate profit. The main mission of zoos, especially those in the Association of Zoos and Aquarium (AZA), is to conserve wildlife and educate the general public.
For them to continue their mission, zoos need donations. These donations come from ticket sales, fundraisers or merchandise sales. That is why it is important for people to continue visiting all year round.
Zoo visits help these organizations generate funds to buy food for their animals, pay zookeepers, conduct research and continue conservation programs. Zoo wildlife conservation programs help rehabilitate species back to their natural habitats and prevent extinction.
How to support zoo wildlife conservation
If you are looking for a way to support zoo wildlife conservation, consider joining our Herd of Heroes program. This donation program allows you to make a monthly donation of your choice to support our efforts to improve the lives of elephants in zoos. Register down below!