When the temperatures drops, the number of animals at Monroe's zoo go up.
Nearly 20 new animals will call the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo home until April. The zoo received a white alligator, king vultures, and a pair of capybaras, just to name a few. All of the animals are shared from zoos in the northern part of the country.
"Most are sub tropical and tropical animals. Those zoos don't have housing for them. They come down and spend a mild winter here in north Louisiana instead of a cold one in Ohio or Minnesota," says Zoo Director Joe Clawson.
The zoo is open seven days a week from 10AM-5PM and are closed on major holidays.