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Zoos around the globe are offering live streams of their animals as an antidote to the quarantine TV binge most of us have been indulging in.
One of our favourites is ‘Live Safaris’ from Cincinnati Zoo, which allow us to meet Bibi and Fiona, their resident hippos. Meanwhile in South Africa, Tembe Elephant Park is hosting a live stream of their elephants (this is as fabulous as it sounds).
If elephants aren’t your thing, you can log onto Edinburgh Zoo’s website and view an entire range of live cams; from their resident giant panda, to penguins, koalas and tigers. Surely, TV doesn’t get better than this?
Night-owls can enjoy Florida’s St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park’s 24 hour cam which lets us observe an entire ecosystem from the confinement (and safety) of the sofa.
Although London Zoo usually hosts an average of around 24,000 visitors a week, the normally teeming tourist attraction is seeing an enormous decline in the number of visitors each day. They’ve had to be inventive, and frankly, we couldn’t be happier. When live streams are down, head to their YouTube channel, which hosts a huge range of cheering videos. And another positive: keepers now have more time and attention to dedicate to looking after the animals.
If you find yourself at a loss for how to fill your make-shift ‘lunch hour’ or evenings, we highly recommend logging onto any one of these webcams and enjoy a trip to the zoo from the comfort of your own home.