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Keeping cool in Japatul

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – In the heat of an Alpine morning, the century mark is an easy reach.

"About 100 (degrees). It's a bit cooler up here than in El Cajon, I think, but it's been heat," Bobbi Brink said.

Which is why conga the leopard has it made in the shade. It is here that maverick has found safe haven and a slight breeze.

"He's doing really well. He's almost a year old. He's just a baby," Bobbi said.

Even with 65 animals and 17 different species in the sanctuary, the noontime temps turn Lions, Tigers and Bears into a shade-seeking ghost town. And just because they aren't always seen, doesn't mean they can be ignored.

"Water, lots of water. Make sure they have clean fresh water, shade, a place to get out of the sun. Misters, if it gets too too hot. Misters are nice, because they can go in and out and of course, they have their pool, so they can submerge the body in the water," Bobbi said.

Owning a no-kill, no-breed nonprofit rescue facility is a huge problem in this country right now.

"We have animals that we are trying to help out of just deplorable conditions, and we have no place to put them," Bobbi said. "Most of the sanctuaries like ourselves are full and we need help. The bear is in desperate need of help right now."

As the temperatures in Japatul Valley continue to climb, there's very little commotion in the compound. The only break comes when Meatball and company squabble over a walnut. But today's temps turn snack time into mostly nap time, as the inhabitants await for cooler climes. And picture yourself, there's actually a place for you in this peaceful portrait.

"We could actually use a couple more misters and we are working on our new bear habitat, and volunteers to help us stretch fence and projects like that," Bobbi said.

Lions, Tigers and Bears is hoping for a change in their forecast -- that their needs won't impede, while their temperatures continue to soar.

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