Many of the world’s most popular zoos are temporarily closed but are still accessible through their websites and social media channels. There are live animal cams, talks with keepers and the chance to see what really happens behind the enclosures.
Taronga Conservation Society Australia
Taronga Zoo Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo are must-visits when in Australia. Tune into Taronga TV where there are 24/7 live streaming animal cams set up in the following enclosures – tigers, seals and elephants. Get to know what the different keepers do, what happens in the wildlife hospital and get a close-up view at feeding times.
Frequently ranked as one of the top 10 zoos in the world, Chester Zoo covers 128 acres and is home to thousands of animals. The zoo is known as a top conservation and education charity committed to preventing extinction. Head to their Facebook page for daily updates on their animals with keepers giving commentary (the meerkat mob is a must-see). They hold virtual zoo days, which are also available to watch on their YouTube channel.
San Diego Zoo
Another top 10 zoo, the San Diego Zoo also leads in global conservation efforts and is home to more than 3,500 rare and endangered animals. They’re bringing wildlife into your home with virtual visits to the zoo and safari park. There’s a great selection of wildlife cams from baboons and polar bears to penguins and orang utans (this is worth a look!). This zoo has made an amazing effort with wildlife talks on Facebook, and a dedicated site and YouTube channel for kids.
Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute
The zoo is part of the Smithsonian Institution, which is the world’s largest museum and research complex, and is committed to research, conservation and education. Scientist and wildlife experts here conduct research to save animals and their habitats. There’s a great education section with resources for kids in preschool all the way up to secondary school with an emphasis on science, conservation, the natural world and wildlife. There are live animal cams, virtual zoo visits, downloadable lessons and educational activities, and wildlife career videos about the work zoo staff do.
One of the most famous zoos in the world, the London Zoo falls under the auspice of the Zoological Society of London, which is an international conservation charity. Head to their Facebook page for an interesting behind-the-scenes look at how the zoo and its inhabitants are doing and what the keepers are up top. There’s also a dedicated kids section with games, activities, fun facts and videos.