Shade concerns at Frankfort Zoo

Some frequent zoo visitors in Frankfort are concerned.

Posted: May 30, 2018 6:19 PM

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) — Some frequent zoo visitors in Frankfort are concerned. They said the animals do not have enough access to shade and water on extremely hot days.

The petting zoo animals live in a fenced in area with few trees inside. However, there is a barn and a couple small structures that are meant to provide shade.

According to zoo staff, the waterers are automatic.

Rose Shirar said she has been to the zoo twice and is not pleased with what she sees. Parks Superintendent Travis Sheets said they work hard to care for the animals.


"We saw no water, no people, we were here maybe a half hour, it was pathetic it was totally pathetic out here,"said Shirar. 

"We have a dedicated staff to our zoo and they're actually well cared for," said Sheets. 

Shirar was the only person who would go on camera, but others had the same complaints. She reached out to zoo staff with her concerns. 

Sheets wants people to know the animals are well cared for, but sometimes there is only so much staff can do.

"If you see a goose that's panting, don't worry about that there is plenty of water available and they'll make themselves comfortable," he said. 

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