Rain, Sleet, or Snow... The Chattanooga Zoo remains open.
Depsite the rough weather, the Smith family wasn't about to cancel their plans. "It's almost like a private zoo tour. It's quiet and you get to see all the exhibits and no bumping," says Avery Smith. And to their suprise, the Smith's got to see how animals from all over the world handle the white stuff.
Director of Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park, Darde Long, tells us that "this is the snow leopards favorite time of year because this is way more fun than 90 degree heat in the summer."
And the snow leopards weren't alone. The African chimpanzees also got a taste of wintry weather. "Depending on what our weather is doing, some of our animals are excited to be out in this. Snow leopards are having a ball and chimpanzees are a little more hesistant, but they will get out and explore a little bit," adds Long.
As for the Pandas, caretakers say not so much. "The red pandas really don't want to go out. I think they've become conditioned to the nice warm weather inside their den," says Long.
For those sitting at home, the Smith's say you're missing out. "Just something easy to do. The kids will love it and it's just fun," says Ashley Smith.
While it's business as usual for the Chattanooga Zoo, Long says they have a plan in place just in case.
by Mikaya Thurmond