It's winter at the zoo

By Chad Weber

July 21, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 12:53 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. --It has been one of the hotter summers in recent memory. But for one day, animals and visitors alike were celebrating the season of winter at Glen Oak Zoo.

The "Winter in Summer" event invited people to come out and learn how the animals keep cool during the dog days of summer.

Zoo workers were on hand feeding the animals cold treats, watermelon, and even paper mache ice treats for the lions.

The zoo also raised money for one artic animal in need.

"Today we actually have sno-cones going on, " explained zoo educator Jessica Kauvlarich. "We're actually fundraising to save polar bears. Any money we raise will go to plant trees in order to make the ecosystem better into the polar bear icecaps. And so that's what were actually working towards today, to keep them cool we'll have the sno-cones."

Zoo workers said despite the hot weather, the zoo has seen steady business throughout the summer months.