It’s that time of year where the sun is shining brighter and temperatures are getting warmer. Also, our Arctic fox, Sitka, starts to lose his fur. Sitka is a white phase arctic fox, with a thick, white coat in the winter, and a shorter gray coat in the warmer months.
Here is Sitka in February with his very thick coat
Here he is again in March, with still a pretty thick, white coat
And now in April, where he is starting to lose that white fur, and that gray fur is starting to show in the back
Now here he is near the end of May!
He is still a good-looking fox!
Today was another hot one up here at Wild Wonders. Luckily, we were able to make the best of it and give our animals some fun cold treats to cool them off.
Some of our animals at Zoofari are spending their days Lazing around & some are spending their days Leaping around….
Last week was quite an adventure with fast winds and a lot of rain. We are glad to have a day of blue skies and sun once again. Though it may not last, it is definitely needed for our sakes and the animals. They are enjoying a nice break from winter weather and soaking up the sun. The foxes have finally come out of their houses and are laying in the sun. The birds however are the most thankful for a warmer day. They get brought in at night when it gets too cold out and they are not too fond of their inside sleeping arrangements. As soon as they get outside in the morning, they vocally make sure the staff know that they prefer their normal enclosures. Everyone seems to appreciate the southern California weather, even Sitka the Arctic Fox was running for cover when the rain started up.
Or should I say, it’s raining ON cats & dogs! And, Binturongs, Porcupines, Kinkajous, Monkeys, Foxes, Servals, Parrots….
The animals, staff and volunteers at Wild Wonders are getting more than they bargained for this week with the El Nino weather rolling in. Armed with boots, raincoats, and dry blankets, we all wrestle with the elements to keep all the animals warm, dry, & fed. It is quite a challenge this week. It looks like this is just the beginning….