Chilled out: Animals stay cool in heatwave

Zoo Manager Sue Woodgate puts sun cream on the pigs
Zoo Manager Sue Woodgate puts sun cream on the pigs

Putting suncream on pigs and handing out giant ice lollies made with frozen fruit, are just some of the things staff at Drusillas Park are doing to keep animals cool during the heatwave.

The Met Office has issued a level 3 heatwave alert for the South East predicting an average temperature of 31 degrees over the next few days.

And it has been forecast the sunny climes could last well into next month.

To cope with the heatwave keepers at Drusillas Park are taking no chances. Staff are taking precautions to ensure the zoo residents remain chilled out even when the temperatures are soaring.

The zoo team has stocked the freezers with giant lollipops, made with frozen fruit. These are being enjoyed by many different species at the zoo including the family of racoons, otters and many of the primates.

Down on the Farm, kune kune pigs, Rusty, Porker and Peppa have also been receiving some extra pampering. Just as our skin needs to be protected from the sun’s strong rays, steps must be taken to ensure the pigs do not burn. Keepers are applying high factor sun cream to their bodies.

But one group of the zoo’s residents have welcomed the warmer weather.

The zoo’s ring tailed lemurs love to sunbathe and have wasted no time basking in the heat.

Drusillas Park is open daily from 10am. For more information please telephone 01323 874100 or visit