While people are cooped up in their homes trying to protect themselves and others from catching or spreading the coronavirus, many of them are turning to a new form of entertainment to find solace — live zoo camera feeds, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Zoos across the country are sharing live camera footage of their animals so that people can watch in from anywhere around the world.
For example, the San Diego Zoo provides live or archived footage of 12 of its most popular habitats, including a panda cam archive — the pandas have since been repatriated to China — a live baboon cam, penguin cam, polar bear cam, giraffe cam, elephant cam, tiger cam, and more.
The Smithsonian National offers live camera feeds of five different species lions, as well as cheetah cubs, naked mole-rats, giant pandas and elephants. The cheetah cub cam and the giant panda cam are down. though. Along with the live cams, the zoo also offers educational zoo activities for kids to do from home, too
The Shedd Aquarium has a live feed of one of its fish tanks, which features angel fish, butterfly fish, tangs, wrasses and more. While the aquarium is closed, the penguin keepers have been taking penguins on adventures outside their enclosure, providing entertainment and joy to millions of viewers, Deseret News reported.
#WheresWellington on #WorldPenguinDay? The movies! ️ The Phelps Auditorium is usually perfect for 4D movies, but today Wellington is hopping around & exploring. While watching a movie might not be a penguin's regular activity, their eyesight is quite good underwater & above. pic.twitter.com/XfuJpaYoXG— Shedd Aquarium (@shedd_aquarium) April 25, 2020
Shedd Aquarium will also be offering education content, including an educational series featuring Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot starting this Wednesday.