Missing nature? These zoos and aquariums are doing free live-streams of their animals

Missing nature? These zoos and aquariums are doing free live-streams of their animals

Now that the coronavirus has officially been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, it seems like many people will be forced to go into quarantine and be stuck indoors for the time being. However, self-isolation doesn't mean you have to be bored, although a lot of people will be missing the experience of nature.

If you're one of those people then you might be pleased to know that there are plenty of zoos and aquariums out there that are offering a chance for you to engage with their animals remotely, via their incredible live-stream experiences. Interested? Then scroll down to check out what's on offer:

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1. Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens

The Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Seminole in Florida has been closed until further notice, but they've just launched a new initiative called: The Zoo Comes to You - a Facebook Live series which airs on weekdays at 2 pm EST, and in yesterday's episode they filmed an adorable little bunny chowing down on some fresh veg. Awww!

2. The Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo has been providing its Facebook followers with live video updates on its animals, and on Monday the uploaded one showing their zookeepers feeding their giraffes. Viewers also have the chance to ask the keepers questions about the animals in the comments.

3. Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey in California has been showing off a number of live feeds of their animals, such as penguins, sharks, jellyfish, and birds, which you can check out on the aquarium’s website.

4. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Since closing on March 14, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden has launched a video series on Facebook Live called Home Safari. This interactive experience also includes home activities like an online quiz. Home Safari airs at 3 pm EST, and their latest episode featured a Nile hippo named Fiona.

5. San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo has 10 different live cams for you to watch their animals on, as well as archived videos of their pandas from January through April 2019. If you visit the zoo's website, you can check out their clips of baboons, penguins, polar bears, apes, koalas, giraffes, owls, elephants, tigers, and condors 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

So there you have it; being stuck indoors doesn't mean that you have to miss out on the wonders of the natural world: it's all still waiting for you!