In response to the social distancing policies and restrictions happening across the globe, it has been a lesson in rounding up virtual experiences to keep us all engaged and distracted. While we can’t go to zoos and aquariums at the moment, we can experience them virtually through webcams and virtual tours! The team at Creative Collective has been working on compiling many resources of things that people can do while adhering to social distancing policies, check out our working database here
Washington D.C. – National Zoo – Multiple live cams.
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute cares for about 2,700 animals representing more than 390 species. SCBI scientists study and breed more than 20 species at their headquarters, including those that were once extinct in the wild, like black-footed ferrets and scimitar-horned oryx. Its major research initiatives are organized into six science centers: Conservation Ecology, Conservation and Sustainability, Conservation Genomics, Migratory Birds, and Species Survival. Other initiatives include the Global Tiger Initiative, Virginia Working Landscapes and the Global Health Program. Their work doesn’t stop at the gates of SCBI. Approximately 200 SCBI scientists and students collaborate with colleagues in more than 30 countries. Learn more.
HOUSTON – Houston Zoo – Multiple live cams.
Tune in to the Houston Zoo Webcams and enjoy a live look at animals that call the Houston Zoo home! See the herd of Asian elephants wander through their enormous habitat. Watch as giraffes nibble lettuce fed to them by guests at the feeding platform; you could join them on your next visit. See the rhinos roll in their mud puddle or the flamingos float next to a waterfall. See the chimpanzees interact with guests at their window or snooze in a hammock. Learn more.
ATLANTA – Zoo Atlanta – Panda Cam
Zoo Atlanta is one of four institutions in the U.S. that house giant pandas. Lun Lun (female) and Yang Yang (male) arrived in Atlanta as juveniles in 1999 and reside at the zoo on loan from China. The pair’s first cub, male Mei Lan, was born on September 6, 2006. A second cub, male Xi Lan, was born on August 30, 2008. Female Po was born on November 3, 2010. Po’s name was announced by actor Jack Black in 2011; Po was named after Black’s character in the DreamWorks films Kung Fu Panda. A fourth and a fifth cub, both female,born July 15, 2013, were the first twin pandas to be born in the U.S. since 1987. Their names were announced on ABC‘s Good Morning America on October 23, 2013; 100 days after their birth, which is a Chinese tradition. The names are Mei Lun and Mei Huan. As of October 2015, Mei Lan, Xi Lan, Po, Mei Lun, and Mei Huan reside at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China. Read more.
SAN DIEGO – San Diego Zoo – Over 10 live cams of your favorite animals!
San Diego Zoo Global is a not-for-profit organization that operates the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, and the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy.
San Diego Zoo Global is committed to saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature. Read more.
MONTERY – Montery Bay Aquarium – Multiple live cams.
The mission of the nonprofit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the ocean.
A leader in ocean conservation and education, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is considered by many to be the best in the world. Behind that reputation is a fantastic staff with remarkably diverse skills, all dedicated to earning and keeping that honor. Here are just a few. Read more.
ATLANTA – Georgia Aquarium – Multiple live cams.
Inspiring awareness & preservation of the ocean and aquatic animals worldwide
Georgia Aquarium, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that contains more than 10 million gallons of water. Georgia Aquarium is a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. As a leader in aquatic research and exceptional animal care, we are dedicated to fostering a deeper appreciation for our ocean and the animals that call it home . Read More.
BALTIMORE – National Aquarium – Floor-by-floor tour of the whole museum Bonus Reef Cam!
The nonprofit National Aquarium opened in 1981, the jewel of Baltimore City’s Inner Harbor redevelopment. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, the Aquarium is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top three aquariums and has hosted over 51 million guests since opening. It is Maryland’s largest paid tourist attraction, with more than 20,000 fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and marine mammals living in award-winning habitats. Read more.
BOSTON – New England Aquarium – Join for live presentations, new videos, and activities to try from home.
The New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. With more than 1.3 million visitors a year, the Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston and a major public education resource for the region.
The New England Aquarium is a catalyst for global change through public engagement, commitment to marine animal conservation, leadership in education, innovative scientific research, and effective advocacy for vital and vibrant oceans. Learn more.
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