The national holiday is an ideal time to schedule a winter visit to the Zoo. The Japanese macaques, or snow monkeys, can often be seen basking in the warm steam from their hot tub on a frigid day. The Amur tigers, wolverines, red pandas, elk and bison also adapt well to colder weather. Monday’s forecast is calling for temperatures in the mid 30s.
A popular attraction in any type of weather is the Arctic Ring of Life with its 70-foot underwater Frederick and Barbara Erb Polar Passage providing views of swimming polar bears and seals. For a more tropical experience, visitors can take refuge in the Butterfly Garden where the temperature is always a cozy 75 degrees.
Other indoor experiences at the Zoo include the National Amphibian Conservation Center, Penguinarium, Holden Museum of Living Reptiles, Great Apes of Harambee, Mardigian River Otter Habitat and Meerkat Digs. The giraffe, white rhino, lemur and farm animal habitats also have indoor viewing areas.
Special maps are available at the admission gate to help guests plan their winter visit to the Zoo.