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These videos and live feeds will turn your home into a zoo

By Oliver Strand
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Members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums are taking their elephants, cheetahs, sharks and other magnificent beasts online! Simply go to the AZA's Zoo and Aquarium Videos and Activities page and you will get a calendar with links to hundreds of events going on at zoos and aquariums all around the United States and Canada. 

Now you can watch zookeeper talks, catch storytime with animals, go on tours and take part in animal meet-and-greets with just a couple of clicks. It's like having all the creatures of the world in your living room!  

The sheer scope of what you'll find on the Zoo and Aquarium Videos and Activities calendar is amazing. There are 35 events scheduled for just today, March 27. You can catch live video streaming from the Monterey Bay Aquarium (otters! jellyfish!), and watch the hippo feeding at the Toledo Zoo, and watch the sawfish and nurse sharks in the "Dangerous Lagoon" at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, and so much more.

This is another one of the amazing online resources introduced in recent weeks. From virtual storytimes, to online classes, to the thousands of books the NYPL lets you download for free, there's so much to keep kids occupied and having fun while they spend their days at home. The Zoo and Aquarium Videos and Activities calendar is another way to we can make the most of this time.

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