Friday 26 July 2013
As the summer scorcher continues to sweep the country, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s elephants are beating the heat with a jumbo delivery – of 20 tonnes of snow.
The herd’s play paddock has been coated in a thick blanket of snow - complete with snowmen - for them to play with, as part of its transformation into a winter wonderland.
The extra special snowfall comes from The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead as part of its Beat the Heat summer campaign, and not only will it help to keep the elephants cool, it’s also the perfect summer enrichment; sparking their curiosity and playful natures as they roll in it and make snowballs with their trunks.
Assistant curator of elephants, Lee Sambrook, said “We’re always looking for new ways to keep it’s no wonder they love their snowy surprise.”