While you may not be able to visit your exotic animals, fear not, as social media is bringing the zoo to you! From virtual daily live tours to full-day tours, you can get an online experience like never before.
Virtual Live Daily Tours
With all the daily music streams being posted at specific times each day, it’s no surprise that some zoos started to follow the trend. In general, the live tours start in late-morning (11 AM) or early- afternoon (1 PM) with recorded posting later added to their social media websites.
The aptly titled Houston Zoo‘s Bringing the Zoo to You goes live from Monday to Friday at 10 am ET on their Facebook page. All postings go in their Facebook archive, as well their YouTube Channel afterward, with live feeds already including:
- Elephant Baths and Giraffe Feeding
- Sea Lions and Apes & Chimpanzees
- Cheetah Walk and Clouded Leopards at Play
- Curly the Sloth, Goat Social Party, Banded Mongoose, and Whooping Cranes
Fort Worth Zoo
The zoos in Texas seem to be quite competitive in social media since the quarantine and the Forth Worth Zoo is no exception. Daily virtual tours start at 12:00 ET on Facebook Live and appear in the Facebook Archive soon after. Recent additions include:
- Black Bears and Dan the Aligator who is 75 years old!
- Leonard the 6-banded Armadillo and Aldabra Tortoises
The Fort Worth Zoo Twitter Page is also home to some social darlings like:
- Hector, The Patagonian Mara meets the Sea Otters, and the Meerkats while Bowie the Elephant Bathes.
- Breakfast with White-tail Deer, the Petting Farm, and Texas Horned Lizards.
Virtual Full Day Tours
While some zoos offered daily virtual tours during the coronavirus pandemic, others decided to add all of their content in a single shoot. Thus, giving way to the live virtual zoo tour which simulates a full day trip to the zoo.
- 10:00 – Red Pandas | 11:00 – Rothchild’s Giraffes | 12:00 – Asian Elephants
- 13:00 – Butterfly House | 14:00 – Sun Bears | 14:30 – Sumatran Tigers
- 15:00 – Humbolt Penguins | 16:00 – South America Aquarium & Sloths
Bring the Zoo To You
Since their respective quarantine closures, zoos and aquariums around the world have been heavily posting on social media. Hashtags such as #BringTheZooToYou and #BringingTheZooToYou are very popular and also include links to live daily streams and full-day tours.
The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago
Throughout their social media pages you can see cute clips from favorites like Yaku, Bosco, and Biff, along with aquarium dwellers of Cuttlefish, Snapping Turtles, Peacock Mantis Shrimp, and Walking Coral.
St. Louis Zoo
- Penguins Field Trip, Alpaca Walks, and Sea Lion Kisses
- Penguins in Bubble World and Orangutans Washing Hands
- Double-crested Cormorant Greetings and St. Paddy’s Day Enrichments
They further offer a live webcam stream from the Penguin and Puffin Coast daily from 8 am to 4 pm ET.
Zooly Social Media Darlings
Blame the Penguins of Madagascar for conniving their way into fame and expanding the egos of zoo animals worldwide.
- It started with a Twitter video or two with penguins from Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium who waddled through greetings on a private tour.
- Soon after penguins of St. Louis Zoo went on strike until they allowed take their field trip and post a YouTube video.
- Then Sue the Trex posted a Twitter video of her jaunt through Chicago’s Field Museum which just might have been the inspiration for a dinosaur parade in Milwaukee.
After that, it was pure bedlam, as animals burst from their cages in a group effort to crash social media. These overnight rock star celebrities now rule the earth with billions of adoring fans following in their wake.
A twitter hashtag of #ClosedButStillCaring soon took over as videos from zoos around the world starting appearing with:
- Good Morning Koalas, Cuddly Bears, Sneaky Bobcats
- Porcupine Scavenger Hunts, Porcupine Nibbles and Lemur Peanut Snacks
When The Zoo Don’t Shine
If you don’t see your favorite zoo in our list above, then check their social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).
From there you can also check their YouTube Channel and websites for virtual tours and live webcams.