Picture special: London Zoo’s gorillas and monkeys get icy treats as temperatures soar

A squirrel monkey nabs an ice lolly. Picture: ZSL London Zoo

A squirrel monkey nabs an ice lolly. Picture: ZSL London Zoo - Credit: Archant

Animals at ZSL London Zoo were spotted chilling out during the mercury-busting temperatures this week.

Zaire the gorilla holds court in the sun. Picture: ZSL London

Zaire the gorilla holds court in the sun. Picture: ZSL London - Credit: Archant

With temperatures soaring in excess of 30 degrees zoo animals including a family of endangered Western lowland gorillas and some Bolivian monkeys have been spoiled rotten with ice lollies.

The treats, made of frozen fruit tea and nuts, are designed to cool down the furry north London inhabitants during the current heatwave, even if the hot weather is hardly unlike the west African tropical rainforests they species live in in the wild.

Zookeeper Jacob Winfield said: “The animals here are very much enjoying the warm weather.

“All over the Zoo we’ve been giving out frozen cooling treats – this morning the gorillas have had frozen iced tea cakes with walnuts and the squirrel monkeys have enjoyed lollies made from squash and chickpeas.

Mine! Gernot the young western lowland gorilla hoardes a huge pink treat all too himself. Picture: Z

Mine! Gernot the young western lowland gorilla hoardes a huge pink treat all too himself. Picture: ZSL London - Credit: ZSL London


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Other animals have been finding ways to cool off, too.

Jacob added: “Elsewhere the Sumatran tigers have been swimming in their pool and the Asiatic lions have been dipping their toes in their moat whenever they’ve wanted to take a break from basking in the glorious sunshine.”

High up in the enclosure, this gorilla isn't sharing. Picture: ZSL London

High up in the enclosure, this gorilla isn't sharing. Picture: ZSL London - Credit: ZSL London

Squirrel monkeys squabble over an iced tea treat or two. Picture: ZSL London

Squirrel monkeys squabble over an iced tea treat or two. Picture: ZSL London - Credit: ZSL London

Two western lowland gorillas sunbathe with a nice ice. Picture: ZSL London

Two western lowland gorillas sunbathe with a nice ice. Picture: ZSL London - Credit: ZSL London

A squirrel monkey nabs an ice lolly. Picture: ZSL London Zoo

A squirrel monkey nabs an ice lolly. Picture: ZSL London Zoo - Credit: Archant

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