Many zoos have closed their doors and exhibits but have set up cameras and livestreams for animal lovers to enjoy during their quarantines.
Numerous other zoos, aquariums and animal sanctuaries offer live animal cameras and other educational and entertaining videos. They’re just a Google search away.
These virtual experiences are themselves extraordinary — fitting substitutes for the real thing when the real thing is temporarily out of reach.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Studies have found that aquarium-watching helps reduce stress and anxiety, and we’re here to tell you the virtual version is no exception. 10 different live cams capture the activity of jellyfish, sea turtles, penguins, otters, sharks and other sea creatures.
Immerse yourself in the ocean and your national marine sanctuaries without getting wet! These virtual reality voyages use 360-degree images to highlight the amazing habitats, animals, and cultural resources you can find in each national marine sanctuary.
Like many businesses, the aquarium has temporarily closed as a safety precaution due to COVID-19. You may not be able to wander past the tanks, but you can still get up close to the aquatic life.
Dive Shows are a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the animals in their habitat featuring a diver who communicates with the educators as well as the audience.
Watch the Shark Camera – Live Cams so you can swim with sharks from your couch!!
The Toronto Zoo
With schools closed and most families stuck at home, why not take a virtual trip to the Toronto Zoo? Although the zoo is closed to visitors due to COVID-19, staff are still working hard to make sure all the animals stay happy and healthy.
Every day at 1 p.m. they’ll bring the zoo to you through Facebook Live sessions with staff, keepers and– of course, the animals.
The San Diego Zoo
The USA’s most visited zoo — with more than 3,500 animals in residence — was a pioneer in the world of open-air habitats and remains a leader in conservation science. You can watch a number of its most beloved inhabitants — from koalas to penguins to tigers and elephants — on livestreams.
The Singapore Zoo animal exhibits are among the best in the world with the entire Singapore zoo campus extending 28 hectares in a jungle garden. It consists of four “open concept” parks that you can explore — Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park.
Kansas City Zoo
The Kansas City Zoo in Missouri offers an even more specialized virtual visit — 24/7 coverage of the penguin exhibits. All penguins, all the time!
From elephants, rhinos, giraffes, birds of prey to meercats. EarthCam presents a collection of the best zoo and animal cams from all over the world!
PUPPIES! Who doesn’t love puppies! Live from the Halifax Humane Society, enjoy live views of these lovable puppies!
Located in beautiful British Columbia, the Hancock Wildlife Foundation’s mandate is to use live streaming wildlife video to promote the conservation of wildlife and its habitats through science, education, and stewardship. Click on the following link to live stream their four bald eagle nests – Delta 2, White Rock, Harrison Mills and Surrey Reserve.
If you’ve ever been on safari, you know that few experiences rival those adrenaline-fuelled rides through unfamiliar terrain in search of the Big Five. But SafariLive comes close. Track lions, leopards and hyenas as you make your way around herds of wildebeest and elephants, all while expert rangers fill you in about what you’re seeing.
Join a LIVE safari and search for critters of the South African bushveld! Twice a day the expert guides take you on a virtual safari experience. Interact with your guide by asking questions through the comments section.