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We recommend checking in on these zoos at least once a day to see what the animals and their keepers are up to.
The London Zoo is considered one of the most famous zoos in the world and is a leading international conservation organisation. While they are momentarily shut, check out their webcams, zookeeper videos and cute snippets of their baby animals. You can also virtually visit the Whipsnade Zoo, which is the largest zoo and safari park in the UK. The site has a dedicated kids’ section with games, videos and activities that can augment home school sessions.
San Diego Zoo
This zoo consistently finds itself in the top 10 zoos to visit list and for good reason. As another leader in global conservation efforts, the zoo is home to more than 3,500 rare and endangered animals and are streaming live cams from its grounds and safari park. Watch polar bears, penguins, big apes and pandas, and head to their dedicated kids’ site, Facebook and YouTube channel for more animal antics and wildlife talks.
Another top 10 in the world zoo ratings, Chester Zoo located in Cheshire in England, is a great family favourite. Home to thousands of animals including rhinos, lions, tigers and orang utans; the zoo holds virtual zoo days on their YouTube channel. Their Facebook page has animal updates with keepers giving tours and insider information. Don’t forget to download Wildeverse, their augmented reality wildlife conservation game where players can track real wild animals and participate in conservation challenges.
Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute
The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex. Their main functions are research, conservation and education, and they have top scientists and wildlife experts conducting research aimed at saving animal species and their natural habitats. The site has a very informative education section with resources for kids of all ages (preschool to secondary school) including live animal cams, downloadable lessons and fun activities.
Melbourne Zoo & Werribee Open Range Zoo
These two zoos along with Healesville Sanctuary come under Zoos Victoria with each zoo offering visitors unique experiences. Their goal is to be the world’s leading zoo-based conservation organisation, and they are currently involved in many local and international programs. Follow their resident live streams featuring snow leopard cubs, penguins, lions and giraffes. The animals are named and described so you know who’s who, and feeding times are also listed. Their Facebook page publishes happy news stories of animals who have recovered from injuries sustained in the devastating Australian bushfires, and these are well worth checking out.