Efforts to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to strict measures being put in place across the United States and the world. Most businesses in the U.S. have closed, including the Cincinnati zoo. The zoo has come up with the idea of live streaming different animals online for the public.
They made the announcement on their Facebook page:
They said this measure was to help with parents who have kids on hiatus from school, to “make the hiatus fun and educational.” However, anyone at home can enjoy a break from their quarantine by looking at the zoo’s different animals. The “Home Safari” takes place at 3 p.m. Eastern every weekday, and the video series started yesterday, March 16, with the famous Fiona the Hippo.
It’s Not Yet Clear What Animals Will Be Featured in the Home Safari Series
Although the first live stream has passed, the video is still available for viewing. The zoo has also provided a fun quiz for kids to fill out during the video. The Fiona the Hippo video is available here:
The next animal to be featured on the Home Safari is Rico the porcupine on March 17 at 3 p.m. Eastern. Don’t have Facebook or not available at that time? The zoo will post the video on Facebook after the live stream is over, as well as on its website and YouTube channel.
The zoo has not yet said what other animals will be featured on the series. It posts frequent updates on social media about Kris the cheetah, Salvador the tamandua and Lenore the red panda, so it’s possible that these will be featured on the live stream series soon.
Shedd Aquarium & Monterey Bay Aquarium Are Also Posting Online Videos of Their Animals
The Cincinnati zoo is joined by other animal centers in posting videos of their animals online for the benefit of people stuck at home. The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago posted a video of their penguins walking around the facility to have a look at other animals. The video went viral and has been viewed well over 2 million times.
Julie Packard, the executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, posted on Twitter to let people know that their webcams are still streaming during the closure.
She wrote: “Though [Monterey Bay Aquarium] is closed, our webcams are still streaming. Until we reopen, you can check in on the sea otters, sway with the kelp forest, find tranquility with the jellies and look for wildlife out on Monterey Bay.” She shared the link to their website.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s website has a list of 10 different webcams, including sharks, sea otters and penguins.