The Biodome's animals are moving in

The Biodome's animals
are moving in

Just as the Biodôme de Montréal was closing its doors in April for a period of at least 18 months, the Ecomuseum Zoo was preparing to welcome some of their animal residents during the renovation period.

Just as the Biodôme de Montréal was closing its doors in April for a period of at least 18 months, the Ecomuseum Zoo was preparing to welcome some of their animal residents during the renovation period.

It is thus that we greeted Night Herons, ducks and even a female American Porcupine. Each of these newcomers spent some time in quarantine in our Animal Care Center to ensure not only their health and well-being, but also to allow them a time to adapt to something radically different: real weather conditions!

Indeed, the animal residents of the Biodôme de Montréal enjoy indoor installations that recreate various ecosystems efficiently, but April 2018 was particularly cold here in Québec and they had to face something new: cold temperatures, wind and even rain. Our Animal Care Center allows each individual to enjoy both indoor and outdoor installations. This way the adaptation period could be gradual and follow the rhythm of the evolving spring.

 

Once this period of adaptation was complete, the animals were able to be transferred to their official outdoor quarters. The ducks and Night Herons moved in to the large outdoor aviary where they were warmly welcomed by the other birds residing in the living space.

The female American Porcupine, who arrived without a name but was quickly named Kaya by our team, settled in with Hansel and Rapunzel, the two porcupines that already lived here at the zoo. Their introduction was gradual to ensure the well-being of each individual. But here’s an interesting anecdote: Hansel, the male American Porcupine that has resided at the Ecomuseum Zoo for quite some time now, originally came to us from the Biodôme de Montréal. Kaya is therefore Hansel’s half-sister! Do they remember each other? Surely not, but our team was able to attend a sort of “family reunion”.

Today each of these animals has adapted well to their new outdoor quarters. They are enjoying the golden sun rays, the cool breezes and even the warm summer rain, while surrounded by a number of new friends. Rest assured they will be loved and spoiled during their time here at the Ecomuseum Zoo!

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