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Kansas City Zoo takes precautions to protect guests, animals during heat wave

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Several animals got special treats Thursday to keep cool in the brutal heat. (KCTV5) Several animals got special treats Thursday to keep cool in the brutal heat. (KCTV5)
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The Kansas City Zoo is taking precautions to keep their animals and guests cool during yet another heatwave this summer.

When temperatures reach above 95 degrees, the zoo takes steps to make things more comfortable for guests. The admission price is cut, and there are misting fans.

They also keep a close eye on their animals.

"Gorillas and tigers were on the list today,” said Amy Hill who was visiting the zoo with her two children.

Animals like the orangutans were still out greeting guests right at the glass Thursday morning.

The zoo offers free tram rides throughout the park on hot days, and staff advises visitors to take breaks in the shade, often. That's exactly what the Hill family planned to do Thursday morning.  

"Lots of water, lots of breaks in the shade, penguins are a great place for that for us,” Hill said.

Several animals got special treats Thursday to keep cool in the brutal heat.

"We give them ice treats and we'll, if they have fans or stuff like that, sometimes they'll get an additional bath to cool them down during the day," Senior Curator Tim Steinmetz said.

While many have pools or misting fans, primates have access to air conditioned rooms to stay cool.

"We'll look at each individual animal and if it looks like they are stressed or something like that, we may give them access to their air conditioned building as well,” Steinmetz said.

With lots of places to stop and cool down, visitors say they didn't think twice about the forecast.

"Just a fun place for us to come,” Hill said.

Even on hot days, zoo officials say about 2,000 people still come out to enjoy the animals. That's compared to about 3,000 visitors on cooler days.

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