Learn how animals survive the cold at Oatland Island Wildlife Center



Michelle Kelly and Eric Swanson | For Savannah Morning News

Published: Monday, January 11, 2021 at 2:46pm EST | Updated: Monday, January 11, 2021 at 5:00pm EST

Human ingenuity has made surviving winter’s biting chill so much more tolerable since industrialization. Our inventive brains have come up with a myriad of ways to warm our inside spaces. Our winter fat storage is not as necessary as it was for so many thousands of years when we lived more primitively. Many animals rely on that winter fat, stored from days of gathering and feasting, to survive the coldest nights. Our animals at Oatland Island Wildlife Center are given balanced diets, which along with their body coverings, sleeping habits and morphology, help them regulate their body temperature.