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Photo by Larry Sorel

Photo by Larry Sorel

As I was walking through the Zoo on Monday, I was once again reminded how different, yet beautiful, the Zoo is during the winter.

I saw the eagles perching in their habitat against the stark black-and-white background of snow and leafless trees. I couldn’t resist capturing an image. Most of the animals in our care have some degree of outside access in the winter, including some you may not expect, such as our lions, elephants, hyena and even on occasion, orangutans. Also, winter is the time when others in our care look their best: tigers, snow leopards and polar bears, for example.

I encourage you to visit in winter when there are fewer people. The beauty of nature still abounds!

– Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director

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Photo by Larry Sorel

In an effort to allow the animals in our care as much control over their environment as possible, we have installed these flaps (shown to the right) this winter to allow our primates the option of going outside if they choose. This has resulted in seeing orangutans in the snow!

Photo by Linda Velasquez

Photo by Linda Velasquez

However, with the temperatures approaching nearly 60 degrees on Saturday, don’t be surprised to see our primates outside enjoying this mid-winter break!

– Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director

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