As we’re all being told to practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic, zoos across the world are getting creative with the ways that we can connect with their animals.
In a bid to help provide entertainment and an educational experience for kids and adults stuck at home, many zoos are taking part in a new initiative online.
They’re providing live stream webcams of animals, online keeper talks, virtual tours and more via their social media platforms as part of a new campaign called ‘Bring The Zoo To You’.
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It’s hoped that the behind-the-scenes footage and educational videos will help entertain anyone self-isolating.
“Looking for something entertaining & educational?” wrote Brookfield Zoo in Chicago on Twitter.
“Join #BrookefieldZoo… every weekday at 11 a.m for a ‘Bring The Zoo To You’ live chat. First up, join us for a prehensile tail chat with Sandy Binturong! #BringingTheZooToYou.”
Looking for something entertaining & educational? Starting Wednesday, join #BrookfieldZoo at https://t.co/17kIpVMvhu every weekday at 11 a.m. for a "Bring The Zoo To You" live chat. First up, join us for a prehensile tail chat with Sandy binturong! #BringingTheZooToYou pic.twitter.com/PqY2KnCEhG
— Brookfield Zoo (@brookfield_zoo) March 18, 2020
If you go to the Brookfield Zoo Facebook page you’ll find that their first Bring The Zoo To You live chat is already up!
They’ve also created event pages for 11am (local time) every day so that you can be notified when their live chats are starting.
Oakland Zoo in California is also joining in on the initiative, after being forced to close their facility to the public.
“If you can’t come to the Zoo, we’ll bring the Zoo to you!” the wrote on Twitter alongside a video of their female elephants. “The Zoo is closed to the public but our Animal Care staff [is] business as usual, making sure all of our animals are fed and taken care of.”
If you can't come to the Zoo, we'll bring the Zoo to you!
The Zoo is closed to the public but for our Animal Care staff it's business as usual, making sure all of our animals are fed and taken care of.
— Oakland Zoo (@oakzoo) March 17, 2020
Cincinnati Zoo has also announced that they plan to offer Home Safari Facebook Lives seven days a week!
“We’re bringing the Zoo to people who are stuck at home,” said the Zoo’s director Than Maynard.
“This zoo is so important to the community and not being able to visit will create a void that we’re trying to fill. The goal with the daily live sessions is to provide fun and educational content to people who are stuck at home.”
This is such an awesome initiative! If your kids are starting to get stir crazy during this time of social distancing, why not get them to try watching one of these?