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.

While not all zoos and aquariums participate in live streaming, many still bring the zoo to you by adding frequent posts of their social media darlings.

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.

Houston Zoo

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:

You can also view their live webcams of Giraffes, Gorillas, Elephants, Rhinos, Chimpanzees and Leaf Cutter Ants.

Webcams | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Website

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:

The Fort Worth Zoo Twitter Page is also home to some social darlings like:

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Website

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.

Chester Zoo

The Chester Zoo in Cheshire, England hosted a Facebook Live Event on Match 27th, that invited those quarantined at home to a virtual day tour of the zoo. The schedule went as follows:

While not broadcasted live, these Adorable Baby Twin Lemurs were born just a few days ago. The Chester Zoo’s Facebook Archive is also quite well organized when compared to their YouTube Channel.

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Website

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

The popularity gained by the Shedd Aquarium started with Wellington’s Fish Fetish and the Rotunda with Eddie and Annie who waddled through greetings on a private tour.

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.

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Website

St. Louis Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo has been storming Twitter each day under the hashtag (#bringthestlzootoyou) with some of the cutest posts around:

They further offer a live webcam stream from the Penguin and Puffin Coast daily from 8 am to 4 pm ET.

Webcam | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | Website

Zooly Social Media Darlings

Blame the Penguins of Madagascar for conniving their way into fame and expanding the egos of zoo animals worldwide.

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:

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.


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