Zoo animals and the smoke
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Zoo animals and the smoke

The Calgary Zoo in Bridgeland in Calgary on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. The Calgary Zoo is home to around 800 animals plus fish and insects. The park is divided into different sections depending on where the animal is from and it's habitat it originates. (Photo by Chelsey Harms/660 NEWS) Chelsey Harms/660 NEWS

While Calgary copes with the blanket of smoke over the city, how are animals at the Calgary Zoo dealing with it?

Spokesperson Trish Exton Parder says keepers keep a close eye on them at all times.

“As far as our animals go, the biggest concern would be the bird and reptile populations, those are the species we might see sign of smoke stress,” explained Exton Parder. “So all of the animals have extra monitoring and staff for sure.”

Exton Parder says the team’s attention to detail starts when staff arrive in the morning making sure all animals are doing well before guests visit.