Chehaw closes for deep freeze

An arctic blast is bringing lows to the mid-teens tonight

ALBANY — With a deep freeze settling in tonight, it’s not a fit time out for man or beast.

Chehaw officials announced that the wild animal habitat will shut down to visitors today and Tuesday.

“Due to the current extreme cold weather, the zoo at Chehaw Park will be closed today and Tuesday,” Morgan Seegmueller, public relations coordinator for Chehaw, said this morning. “Most of the animals in the zoo have heated buildings, boxes, and shelters that they are kept in during our cold winter nights.”

The temperature, already near freezing this morning, is expected to plunge to 15 degrees tonight. The high is only expected to crawl up to 33 on Tuesday before dropping again to about 19 Tuesday night.

“In weather this severe, when it remains near freezing even during the daytime, we need to leave animals inside with access to their heated shelters,” Seegmueller said. “As a result, most of the animal exhibits will be empty as the animals, like many of us humans, ride out this extreme weather event. We apologize for any inconvenience, and look forward to seeing you later in the week in warmer weather.”