Take a Trip to the Virtual Zoo

Just because the zoos and aquariums are closed doesn’t mean you can’t see and learn about animals and sea life from around the world. Many of these organizations are offering virtual field trips, home safaris and live web cams on the creatures in their care. Here are a few good ones to check out.

Minnesota Zoo is bringing you a daily dose of cuteness on its Facebook page. Each day, they are posting educational information with zookeepers talking about various animals.

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is providing challenging, fun learning opportunities. Tune in Monday – Friday at 1:30 p.m. to its Facebook page for special LIVE zookeeper and gardener talks. Or go to comozooconservatory.org/como-live to see all the videos..

The Cincinnati Zoo is live streaming from the zoo each day they’re closed at 2 p.m. You can see all their videos at the Home Safaris section of their website. So far, they’ve featured sloths, an ocelot and a hippo. They also offer worksheets, activity ideas and more to go along with the videos.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo are holding ‘Virtual Classrooms’ on Facebook Live every day at 10 a.m. for behind-the-scenes at what it takes to take care of their animals.

The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago has a lot of great videos on their website featuring different creatures. This is the aquarium that recently let the penguins out to tour the aquarium – a video that made national news. Check out their Instagram for fun updates and info on the animals in their care.

The San Diego Zoo has live cameras set up in their exhibits, so you can take a look at what the animals are doing.

The Georgia Aquarium webcams offering a live look at their animals such as beluga whales, sea lions, jellyfish, sea otters and more.

Houston Zoo has live cameras where you can view elephants, gorillas, giraffes, rhinos and leafcutter ants.

Monterey Bay Aquarium has live-streaming cameras inside the building and on the nearby ocean. Animals you may see include penguins, sharks, jellyfish and more.

Zoo Atlanta has a live panda-cam so you can keep up to date on what the panda bears are up to.

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