Visit the Brandywine Zoo this Winter…it’s FREE through March 19!
Below is a list of animals that will be visible in their exhibits during the winter.
- Andean Condor – from the Andes mountains, this species is well adapted to cold temperatures and needs no extra support during cold temperatures.
- Bobcat – bobcats are found all across North America and adapt to our winters by growing extra thick fur.
- North American Porcupine – this species is largely found in northern parts of the US and Canada, and are well suited for the winter.
- Red Pandas – from the Himalayan mountains, our red pandas grow a thick fur coat in the winter like they would in their native range.
- Sandhill Crane – this species migrates back and forth from the American southeast to Canada or Maine each year, and are just fine with our winters here in Delaware. In extreme weather, our crane may spend time inside his den.
- Serval – while an African savannah species, servals do surprisingly well in cold temps with just a heat mat and warm den (they would experience nighttime temperature drops and even freezing temperatures in their native range).
- Burrowing Owls – underneath the feathers you see are fluffy downy feathers, which insulate these little owls from cold temperatures.
- Guinea Fowl – these hardy birds may be visible in the Madagascar exhibit, or other exhibits, during the winter.
- Bald Eagles and Ravens – found all across North America, these native species are used to our seasonal Delaware temperatures.
- Reptile Exhibits – Green Tree Python, Prehensile-tailed Skinks, Mossy Prehensile-tailed Geckos are visible year-round in their temperature-controlled displays.
- Barnyard – our goats and chickens are out all year long, but sometimes they may spend time inside their barn or coop.
When temperatures drop (usually below 50˚F for most animals listed below) there are certain animals that can’t acclimate to Delaware’s winter temperatures. So, when temperatures dip, these animals move indoors to their warm, off-exhibit space or are given access to those areas during the day so may not always be visible. Below is a list of animals that will not be out or may not always be visible during the winter.
- Lemurs and Radiated Tortoises – from the island of Madagascar, these animals are not adapted for our cold temperatures! Lemurs will likely be given access to their indoor rooms if it’s in the 50s, but will be closed inside their building and not visible in temperatures under that. The radiated tortoises won’t be visible in the Madagascar exhibit until the temps warm up to the high 60s or 70s. The guinea fowl may be out in this exhibit, or may be moved to another exhibit space in the winter (but will still be viewable).
- Scarlet Ibis – may be off-exhibit in severe weather and extreme cold, but our flock is very cold-tolerant and may choose to stay out in the low 20s or even colder (they are comfortable with just heat lamps!), but will have access to indoor areas so may not be on exhibit and always visible.
- Capybara – our Capybara is given access to her indoor room in temps under 55 degrees, but she may be out if it’s bright and sunny out.
- Toco Toucans – are moved off exhibit for the winter and won’t be back out until spring.
- Box Turtle – our box turtle digs a burrow in her exhibit and goes underground for the winter each year. She emerges naturally in the spring as it warms up!
- Honeybees – Each year, the beekeeper we work with collects his hive in the fall to overwinter them in a more cold weather-friendly hive box than our public demonstration hive. The bees are usually brought back in late May or early June, when the nectar is flowing and the temps are warm enough again!