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You Can Now Visit The Zoo Virtually From Your Sofa

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You Can Now Visit The Zoo Virtually From Your Sofa

With the government advising everybody to socially distance and stay at home to tackle coronavirus, a trip to the zoo just isn't an option at the moment.

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But fear not - there's still a genius way you can see your favourite animals from the comfort of your sofa.

Yep, several zoos across the world are now broadcasting live webcam footage from inside their enclosures, meaning you can see what your favourite animal is up to without even having to step outside.

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San Diego Zoo offers live stream of elephants (Credit: San Diego Zoo)
San Diego Zoo offers live stream of elephants (Credit: San Diego Zoo)

One such premises offering us an online glimpse is San Diego Zoo, where live cams take you straight inside a whole range of enclosures, to gaze upon animals like baboons, penguins, polar bears and giraffes - among other stunning creatures.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh Zoo has also set up a panda cam so that people can watch Yang Guang go about his daily business, as well as a penguin cam, a rockhopper penguin cam, a tiger cam and a koala cam. You can tune in to their offering here.

Watch a whole host of animals from your sofa (Credit: San Diego Zoo)
Watch a whole host of animals from your sofa (Credit: San Diego Zoo)
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Houston Zoo offers live cams to tune in and watch plenty of different animals too, while Atlanta Zoo's panda cam is also bound to offer those much needed feel good vibes.

In a slight twist on the same formula The Cincinnati Zoo launched a Facebook Live Feed every day at 3pm, where it will bring people a 'Home Safari' to enjoy.

The idea is that they'll showcase a different animal each day, and allow viewers to step inside the animal's enclosure with a keeper and learn a bit more about it.

Black rhino Seyia appeared on the live stream (Credit: The Cincinatti Zoo/ Facebook)
Black rhino Seyia appeared on the live stream (Credit: The Cincinatti Zoo/ Facebook)
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One of the instalments offered a look at the facility's adorable black rhino, Seyia, and took questions from the public in real time, too.

After taking the unprecedented decision to shutter doors to the public, we're sure that many more zoos across the UK will be letting us in via webcam soon.

And of course, if you've enjoyed watching any of the above offerings, please do consider donating to the zoos directly so that they have the essential money to look after the animals and continue their incredible conservation work.

Now...where to first? San Diego elephant enclosure?!

Featured Image Credit: Edinburgh Zoo

Topics: Life News, Coronavirus, Animals

Joanna Freedman
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