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18 Virtual Zoo Field Trips, Tours, and Zoo Cams That Get You Up Close to the Animals

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We love field trips, but sometimes organizing an excursion just can’t happen. Fortunately, we live in a time when technology can bring the excitement to us. The pandemic encouraged many zoos and aquariums to put in the effort to bridge the gap for visitors at home. As such, we’re able to share this list of 18 fantastic virtual zoo field trips, virtual zoo tours, and zoo cams you can enjoy from anywhere.

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The San Diego Zoo has a “Watch and Learn” section on their website. Here students can check out the fantastic zoo cams including the burrowing owl cam, giraffe cam, elephant cam, and many more!

Atlanta Zoo

While the Atlanta Zoo’s zoo cam is dedicated to pandas, they offer many videos and activities that feature bird watching, sloths, lemurs, monkeys, and more!

Reid Park Zoo

Located in Tucson, Arizona, this zoo features a variety of delightful zoo cams designed to give kids a virtual zoo tour of the elephants, giraffes, grizzly bears, lions, and more.

Tembe Elephant Park

In a remote area of South Africa, you’ll find the Tembe Elephant Park. Renowned for having the largest elephants in the world, these zoo cams offer sights such as sand forests and wetlands, leopards, rhinos, and, of course, elephants.

GRACE Center

This extensive cam takes us inside the gorilla forest corridor in the Democratic Republic of Congo while connecting the habitat with the night quarters at the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center (GRACE).

Houston Zoo

Take a virtual zoo tour down to Texas and enjoy the live zoo cams set up by the Houston Zoo, allowing you to peer into the lives of giraffes, gorillas, elephants, and flamingos.

Explore the Arctic

Head to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, to witness the annual polar bear migration. Discovery Education has teamed up with Polar Bears International to host a series that explores some of the biggest questions about the Arctic.

Bring your virtual classroom to life with animals from the Oregon Zoo! Videos are aligned to different subject content areas listed on the page. New videos are also posted regularly on the zoo’s social media channels. A few times every week, they also go behind the scenes for a live interview with animal-care staff. Each live video is accompanied by a kid-approved activity related to the featured animal .

PBS Zoo Field Trip

Let’s all go to the zoo with PBS LearningMedia! At Zoo Miami, Penny and the KidVision VPK kids wash rhinos, feed giraffes, study a zebra’s stripes, and ride a camel. Lions and tigers and apes, oh my!

International Wolf Center

The cool wolf-pack cam live-broadcasts the adventures of four ambassador wolves: Denali, Boltz, Axel, and Grayson. The exhibit stretches across 1.25 acres and includes two dens, a filtered pond, and a forested area.

San Antonio Zoo

While San Antonio Zoo virtual field trips aren’t free (you pay a one-time fee or sign up for a low-cost membership), they’re very engaging. Enjoy virtual encounters with okapis, hippos, rhinos, and more!

From a virtual zoo tour and chats with staff to showing what the animals are up to and posting activity ideas from their education and conservation teams, the Dallas Zoo’s Bring the Zoo to You web series is perfect for a virtual field trip!

Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo was the home of the late Steve Irwin, best known as the Crocodile Hunter. His wife, Terri, and children, Bindi and Bob, have continued his legacy. This fantastic YouTube channel offers captivating videos of some of the world’s most fascinating animals.

Smithsonian’s National Zoo

This virtual zoo field trip takes us to the nation’s capital. Check out animal zoo cams that share a glimpse into the daily lives of black-footed ferrets, naked mole rats, giant pandas, and more!

Chester Zoo

This British zoo has been going live on Facebook and YouTube to offer a fun and engaging virtual zoo tour packed full of fantastic facts and adorable animal antics!

Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has created virtual zoo tour resources to support children’s learning for grades pre-K–12. The site offers online courses, family-friendly science activities, crafts and printables, and fantastic video lessons (in English and en español) to help young learners who are excited about ocean animals.

Georgia Aquarium at Home

These wonderful guided virtual tours through Georgia Aquarium’s galleries allow you to explore the chilly unknown in Cold Water Quest , be immersed in a world of colors as a tropical diver , and more!

New England Aquarium Virtual Tour

Enjoy a virtual zoo tour to the New England Aquarium and check out the projects and activities available to both educators and families. New zoo cam videos premiere on Facebook , YouTube , and Instagram .

Did we miss one of your favorite virtual zoo field trips, virtual zoo tours, or zoo cams? Share it with us, and we might just add them to this list!

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Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, zoos, theaters, museums, and other culture venues have stepped up with free virtual tours and online shows for those stuck at home or unable to travel. You will be surprised by the spectacular things you can enjoy from the safety and comfort of your own abode. Given the upheavals in all of our lives, you might as well take this chance to interact online with cherished works of art or adorable animal friends. Here are some of the most popular free virtual tours available to try right now.

Check back from time-to-time as more institutions join this growing trend.

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Two words: panda cam! Through the Smithsonian National Zoo's giant panda cam, you can watch giant pandas Tian Tian and Mei Xiang chomp on bamboo and tumble in the grass. You can also help your little ones explore the amimal cams using the activities designed to engage K-5 students in thinking about the animal behavior and habitats. Tap the link in the photos below to check it out.

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The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden rolled out an innovative series of "Home Safari Resources" for your enjoyment last year. Now that the zoo has reopened to the public, you can still find the home safari archive on their website. This collection of videos shows a wide variety of species and are curated by zoo staff. Check it out by tapping the photo below!

Amazing Virtual Zoo Tours & Museums to Explore on Your Couch

The San Diego Zoo is widely recognized as a leader among conservation organizations and was an pioneer in the development of more humane, cage-free enclosures. It remains the most visited zoo in the United States. The zoo has a number of fun animal cams with live video feeds and a large archive of recordings from their previous giant panda residents Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu. Tap the photo below to browse their offerings.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium has thrilled visitors from around the world since first opening in 1984. With its focus on local marine life around the Monterey area, the aquarium has garnered widespread attention for its exhibits as well as its important conservation work. Now you can relax to videos of swimming jellyfish as they move mesmerizingly through the water or find yourself delighted by the playful behavior of sea otters. Check it out at the link below.

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Georgia Aquarium is home to hundreds of marine and other species. When it opened in 2005, it was the largest aquarium in the world. Georgia Aquarium offers a range of virtual guided tours that take you around to explore the various exhibits and animal residents. The clever and interactive videos are a great companion for your little ones. Check out the offerings and book your virtual tour today. Just tape the link in the photo below.

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Ready to get wet? By now you've probably seen the adorable videos of penguins exploring empty aquariums as zookeepers take them around to "visit" the other animals. If this sight melted your heart like it did ours, we think you'll enjoy the digital programs offered by the New England Aquarium in Boston. Aquarium staff post new educational presentations where they introduce viewers to different animals and tackle some of your frequently asked questions. Find a wealth of educational activities to try at home. These are perfect for families with kids or people who are just kids at heart. Check out the link in the photo below.

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The Barnes Foundation may not be super well known to the public; however, it is quite the name to Impressionist art aficionados. Located in Philadelphia, Barnes offers a slate of online courses for you to enjoy from home. Scholarships are available and new classes are starting up all the time. If you’ve ever fancied dabbling with pen and paper, there's never been a better chance to give it a try and follow your passion. Even if you're not an inspiring artist, you can enjoy the Barnes Takeout video lecture series where curators, scholars, and educators offer their perspectives on works in the foundation's impressive collection. Follow the link in the photo below to learn more.

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Google has built up an online gallery of more than 2,500 museums. You can explore masterpieces online with a simple click including at places like Musee d'Orsay, The Museum of Modern Art, the Van Gogh Museum, Uffizi Gallery, the National Gallery of Art, and more. Wandering around Versailles or virtually strolling through MoMA is a great way to spend some time when you're stuck indoors. Check out the offerings in the link below.

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You could explore virtual exhibitions and collections with this 360 degree virtual tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. As one of the most popular of the Smthsonian museums, the National Museum of Natural History is a delight to visitors of all ages. Discover why you when you follow the link below to start the tour.

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The world's most visited museum offers a collection of virtual tours that you can enjoy at home. With updating content, you can discover more and more of the exciting works of art housed at the world's foremost museum. Get started today by following the link below.

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The British Museum has collaborated with Google to bring you this fascinating virtual tour through history. Interactively explore various world cultures and civilizations as you move around on the timeline. You can sample artifacts from the British Museum's collections from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Check it out below.

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The Papal enclave in Rome houses some of the most important artwork in the Western canon. You can explore their magnificence without needing to stand elbow-to-elbow as people crane their necks looking up at Michelangelo’s masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel. The 360-degree movable panoramas allow you to approximate walking through the many collections. On offer include Sala Alessandrina, the Profane Museum, the Pio Clementino Museum, and of course, the Sistine Chapel. Check it out below.

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The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia has loads of virtual tours. Navigate through the gallery in 3D virtual space where you can see recommended works, hear the audio guide, and move around using the dollhouse view. Experiencing a gallery in this manner is quite nice as you can get a sense for how the artists and curators work together to develop the space in its entirety.

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Who doesn't love the idea of space exploration? From the Apollo moon landings to the Space Shuttle program and Mars rovers, NASA has pioneered space exploration for over 60 years. Now kids can come along on a series of virtual field trips that explore NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. They'll learn about various mission successes and failures. These educational videos provide loads of great entertainment for adults and kids alike. Blast off today at the link in the photo below.

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The Egyptian Tourism Authority has an online tour of the tomb of Pharaoh Ramses VI. The 3D virtual experience allows you to feel as if you're walking into famous the tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings. Murals decorating the tomb appear in striking clarity and the online interface allows you to explore objects up close, something you can't do in real life. If you have an interest in archeology, then this virtual tour is for you. Tap the hieroglyphics below to get started.

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Bored at Home? Here's a Massive List of Museums, Zoos, and Theme Parks Offering Virtual Tours

You can see Frida Kahlo at MoMA or visit the Shedd Aquarium without leaving the couch.

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"Walk" through some of the world's most prestigious cultural institutions, like The Met and The American Museum of Natural History, then go for a "ride" on Disney's new Frozen rollercoaster with the kids. And regardless of your age, we think everyone will enjoy some live footage of pandas playing at the zoo!

  • The Louvre: You don't have to book a ticket to Paris to check out some of the famous pieces in the world's largest art museum. The Louvre has free online tours of three famous exhibits, including Egyptian Antiquities.
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: The works of Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian , Jeff Koons, and Franz Marc are just some of the 625 artists whose work are a part of the Guggenheim's Collection Online .
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Move at your own pace through the 360-degree room-by-room tour of every exhibit in the museum .
  • Van Gogh Museum: You can get up close and personal with the impressionist painter's most famous work thanks to Google Arts & Culture .
  • Getty Museum: Los Angeles's premiere gallery has two virtual tours , including "Eat, Drink, and Be Merry," which is a closer look at food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
  • The Vatican Museum: The Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and Raphael's Room, are just some of the sites you can see on the Vatican's virtual tour .
  • T hyssen-Bornemisza Museum: Madrid's must-see art museum has the works of some of the continent's most celebrated artists like Rembrandt and Dali available online .
  • Georgia O’Keeffe Museum: Six virtual exhibits are available online from this museum named for the "Mother of American modernism."
  • National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City: Dive into the pre-Hispanic history of Mexico with 23 exhibit rooms full of Mayan artifacts.
  • British Museum, London: The Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies are just a couple of things that you're able to see on a virtual tour of the museum.
  • N ASA: Both Virginia's Langley Research Center and Ohio's Glenn Research Center offer online tours for free. Also, you can try some "augmented reality experiences" via The Space Center Houston's app .
  • National Women's History Museum: Have a late International Women's Day celebration with online exhibits and oral histories from the Virginia museum.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: Though the Met Gala was cancelled this year, you can still have a peak at the The Costume Institute Conversation Lab, which is one of the institution's 26 online exhibits .
  • High Museum of Art, Atlanta: This museum's popular online exhibits include "Civil Rights Photography " — photos that capture moments of social protest like the Freedom Rides and Rosa Park's arrest.
  • Detroit Institute of Arts: Mexican art icon Frida Kahlo is the focal point of two of the four available online exhibits .
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: The Golden Age of Dutch art is highlighted in this museum which includes the work of Vermeer and Rembrandt .
  • National Museum of the United States Air Force: You can't take a ride in Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential airplane, but you can check it out, in addition to other military weapons and aircraft, online in the Air Force's official museum .
  • MoMA ( The Museum of Modern Art): New York's extensive collection is available for view online .
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: The 16 virtual exhibits include a special section on 21st Century Designer Fashion.

Zoos and Aquariums

  • The Cincinnati Zoo: Check in around 3 p.m., because that's the time the Zoo holds a daily Home Safari on its Facebook Live Feed .
  • Atlanta Zoo: The Georgia zoo keeps a " Panda Cam " livestream on its website.
  • Georgia Aquarium: S ea-dwellers like African penguins and Beluga Whales are the stars of this aquarium's live cam .
  • Houston Zoo: There are plenty of different animals you can check in on with this zoo's live cam , but we highly recommend watching the playful elephants.
  • The Shedd Aquarium: This Chicago aquarium shares some pretty adorable behind-the-scenes footage of their residents on Facebook .
  • San Diego Zoo: With what may be the most live cam options , this zoo lets you switch between koalas, polar bears, and tigers in one sitting.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium: It can be Shark Week every week thanks to live online footage of Monterey Bay's Habitat exhibit .
  • National Aquarium: Walk through tropical waters to the icy tundra in this floor-by-floor tour of the famous, Baltimore-based aquarium.

Theme Parks

  • Walt Disney World: Set aside some time, because there's plenty to see here. Virtual tours you can take include Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot, just to name a few. There are also unofficial YouTube videos that feel just like you're on famous rides like the Frozen Ever After ride , It's a Small World , Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! , and Pirates of the Caribbean .
  • LEGOLAND Florida Resort: The Great Lego Race and Miniland USA are just two of the attractions you can check out in a virtual tour of the park .

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Stuck at home with kids and going kooky? This epic list of virtual zoo tours and aquariums from around the world will (hopefully) provide kids with a few hours of entertainment, and grownups with a smidge of regained sanity.

Things are completely berserk right now – not gonna lie. But, you have to admit that living through a global pandemic in the 21st century really ain’t all that bad. I mean, on the bright side, we have the Internet, liquor stores and an infinite online catalogue of hilarious memes to keep us entertained.

Fellow parents, this enlightening virtual zoo and aquariums post aims to create an ‘occupation’ for the kids so that us poor souls can quietly resume watching Tiger King or scrolling through funny quarantine videos on Tik Tok.

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Alright, folks. Whip out your VR goggles or get the TV ready for casting – we are about to embark on a whirlwind trip around the world to experience the best aquariums and virtual zoo tours on all four corners of the planet. Best of all.. You won’t even have to lift a finger. Okay, maybe just one finger for clicking.

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18 Best Virtual Zoos & Aquariums in the World

Strap on your ‘seatbelts’ and virtual reality headset (if you own a pair), we’re about to take you on a wild ride through four continents to experience a string of virtual field trips to the zoo and aquariums like you’ve never experienced before.

North America: Virtual Zoo Tours & Aquariums

Home to world-class zoos and one of the most remarkable aquariums we’ve ever set foot inside *ahem* Georgia Aquarium, North America is one virtual trip you have to take to ogle at pandas, Beluga whales and even piranhas via 24-hour live cams.

San Diego Zoo

If there’s one virtual zoo trip to place on top of your online ‘travel’ bucket list – it’s San Diego Zoo.

Slide into their live cams to take a peek at the daily shenanigans of tigers, elephants, baboons and more adorable four-legged fur friends that will steal your hearts away.


But wait, guys. There’s more to your San Diego Zoo virtual tour and online experience. Way more. Ensure that you pop a visit to the dedicated kids’ section of the website for a myriad of animal-focused learning activities, art and crafts video tutorials, home experiment ideas and educational games.

Oh, and if you have a VR headset handy, now’s the time to pop them over your head and check into their YouTube channel to immerse yourselves in 360º videos, like this one of giant tortoises eating watermelon.

Atlanta Zoo

In need of a cute animal fix that’s not your own household pet? Atlanta Zoo has got you covered with their world-famous live PandaCam . Meet the ridiculously adorable panda twins, Ya Lun and Xi Lun, who are melting hearts across the globe with their playful antics and just all-round cuteness.

Don’t forget to swing by their Facebook page to experience what basically feels like virtual field trips to the zoo, featuring regular keeper talks and behind-the-scenes insight into animals and their diets and lifestyle.


The website also offers a host of fun activities and lessons that support ‘at home learning’, like animal arts and crafts, backyard bingo and a storybooks packed with hands-on activities.

TIP: Download the WILDEVERSE mobile game, which features real-life characters from Atlanta Zoo. Transform your home into a digital jungle and embark on research quests and missions to find endangered apes. 

Cincinnati Zoo

Hopping over a couple of states north to Ohio, we’re going to spring into Cincinnati Zoo to meet the world’s most famous hippopotamus, Fiona. Follow this immersive virtual zoo tour to get a feel of the space, exhibits and animals.

Swing by their Facebook page to tune into The Fiona Show where you can watch videos of her birth and follow her astonishing progress and growth. She’s the only hippo ever to survive an almost 2-month premature birth.

They also host daily virtual safari live streams, in which you can learn all about the zoo’s resident animals, including their diets, personalities and lifestyles.


Toronto Zoo

Slip into your down jackets because I’m about to beam you further up to the chillier regions of the northern hemisphere. Ready? Get set. Click away.

Explore Toronto Zoo’s YouTube channel to get up close and personal to mighty grizzly bears,  fluffy white Arctic foxes, lynxes, and even Masai giraffes.

If you’re keen to experience a virtual zoo trip to this beautiful destination, take a look at this complete walkthrough which lets viewers enjoy the zoo on a snowy winter day.


Georgia Aquarium

Yes. We’re parents and.. yes, we love to travel, so I can safely say that we’ve been to a crapload of aquariums around the world. If there isn’t an aquarium on our city itinerary, then something has gone horribly wrong in the planning process.

Of all the aquariums we have visited, none have, so far, compared to Georgia Aquarium. Not even close. If you’re an aquarium nut like we are – you need to put a  physical visit to this spectacular place on your travel bucket list.

For now, you can, of course, experience this epic aquarium virtually via their virtual aquarium tour and live cam feed where you can soothe your soul gazing at dancing jellyfish or stare in awe at the Beluga whale. 


Monterey Bay Aquarium

Attention, please. It’s time to choose your snack, sink into the couch and get cozy; your self-guided Monterey Bay Aquarium virtual tour is about to begin.

Step one. Cast this 360° aquarium walkthrough to your TV or don your virtual reality headset ’cause things are about to go down in underwater town.

Virtually meet and learn about Monterey Bay Aquarium’s resident marine animals on their interactive website, or stalk your favourite sea animal’s live cam . 

You can even enrol in free online courses comprising guided activities to support learning at home or engage the kiddos in free virtual zoo games that both educate and entertain.

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Exotic rainforest virtual zoo tours and thrilling night safaris – discover Asia’s most enchanting zoos and aquariums without having to peel yourself off the couch. 

Singapore Zoo

Okay, so Asia is off-limits right now. I mean, pretty much every continent is out of reach at this moment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a virtual field trip to this incredible zoo in South East Asia that everyone raves about.

Get a feel of Singapore Zoo and what animals you can expect to encounter in our very own walkthrough guide that we filmed on one of our visits or read up on the zoo’s resident animals.


Hold up a second though. Your journey doesn’t end at the Singapore Zoo. Drop into the Singapore River Safari for a virtual walkthrough tour and meet weird and wonderful creatures that inhabit rivers around the world.

Your adventure continues onwards to the Singapore Night Safari where you can view a hypnotising fire show , witness an impressive animal show , and hop on a tram car to discover nocturnal animals in their open exhibits.

Check out our Singapore virtual zoo guide to see the highlights of this open zoo concept.

Jurong Bird Park

While we’re in Singapore, let’s take a hot moment to visit one of the biggest bird parks in the world where you can make a feeble attempt at identifying up to 3,500 birds across 400 species from all over the world.

Discover the diverse zones inhabited by bird species from all corners of the Earth, meet the winged residents of Jurong Bird Park or take a virtual stroll through the lush, green space that will give you all the jungle vibes 

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Aquaria KLCC

Swing into Aquaria KLCC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on one of your free virtual field trips to zoos and aquariums around the world and tune into marine animal feedings and educational talks on their 24-hour live streaming cam .

Don’t forget to check their Facebook for the schedule.

Meet the spine-chilling Sand Tiger Shark and his stingray buddies, or chill out with laid-back Green Sea Turtles that all dwell inside the Living Ocean tank.

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Set off on a virtual aquarium tour at the magnificent Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo located in the glittering capital of the United Arab Emirates.

The tour isn’t just an ordinary virtual field trip of your average aquarium; this epic space also doubles as a zoo. Be prepared to encounter fruit bats, desert hedgehogs, cobras, chameleons.

Pop over to their Facebook page to learn fun animal facts and binge on videos of iguanas, hedgehogs and racoons freely roaming the empty aquarium.


Australia: Virtual Zoos & Aquariums

Kangaroos? Check. Koalas? No doubt. Tasmanian Devil? Yeah, baby. It’s time for a trip downunder to meet friendly Aussie animals and not-so-friendly creatures and crawlies that either bite or kill.

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To experience one of the southern hemisphere’s best virtual zoos, you can’t go past Sydney’s newly launched Taronga TV . Tune into the live cams to view animal exhibits, shows, keeper chats, and even take a peek inside the Wildlife Hospital.

Hit up Taronga’s YouTube channel to witness funny animal antics and catch up on missed shows and performances. This video of a lemur baking in the sun is basically all of us right now when the sun touches our windows in quarantine.


Sea Life & Wild Life Sydney

Sea Life and Wild Life Sydney have recently launched their fun and super educational online virtual zoo and aquarium experiences. Prepare yourselves for hours worth of fun family activities and homeschooling content.

Dive into the virtual aquarium experience and meet dugongs and King penguins in live streams, or gape at aquarists throwing themselves into the shark tank to feed hungry sea predators.

If you’re running low on learning activities for the kiddos, you’ll also find a bunch of marine animal-themed craft activities and free downloadable homeschooling resources and activity sheets .

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A virtual visit to Sea Life wouldn’t be complete without popping into Wild Life Sydney to learn all about Australian animals that are slightly more.. grounded.

Peek into live streams to see what Rocky the croc is up to or join in on storytime events run by the zoo staff on the virtual zoo tours page. You’ll also find printable animal-themed colouring pages, plus fact and activity sheets.

Before you leave, don’t forget to drop by  Merlin’s Education Toolbox for even more activities and workbooks, especially helpful for parents seeking homeschooling resources or teachers looking for lesson content. 

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Europe: Virtual Zoos & Aquariums

The last continent we’ll be virtually teleporting you to on this worldwide virtual safari, zoo and aquarium tour is, of course, good ole Europe. Home to the world’s oldest zoo and the first zoo in the world to house and breed penguins – your roundtrip will end with a little history and class.

Germany’s capital can proudly claim to have the most popular zoo in all of Europe. Berlin Zoo houses a whopping collection of over 20,000 animals across 1,500 different species – more than any zoo on the planet.

Considering none of us can currently visit in person, we can thank the Internet once again for this high-resolution walkthrough , making it possible to meet some of the friendly furry residents of the zoo, virtually.

Oh, and I’m just gonna casually mention that they have PANDA CUBS, guys. *Hyperventilating*. Jump onto their Facebook to meet the twinning cuties, Pit and Paule. Right now. It’ll be the most adorable thing you’ll see all week.

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Speaking of stalking animals (cos that’s socially acceptable, right?), Prague Zoo houses a baby elephant that online visitors can attempt to spot on their live Elephant Valley cam . Pop by their YouTube channel for more adorable moments and to follow its journey from birth.

Watch this 4k  walkthrough of the zoo and try to spot mighty Western Lowland gorillas, polar bears, hippos, Asian elephants, red pandas and many more cute and intimidating animals.

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Edinburgh Zoo

This was the first zoo in the world to house and breed penguins – in fact, Edinburgh Zoo is popularly known for its Penguin Parade, where waddling little penguins are let free their enclosure for a stroll around the space.

Observe the antics of King and Rockhopper penguins on live cams , as well as koalas, tigers and pandas.

They’ve made their learning portal readily accessible – the online hub is packed with free activities, games, quizzes and fact files for kids of all ages.


Hang tight – just gonna beam you over to our final leg of virtual zoo tours around the world in Vienna. The city is home to the world’s oldest zoo, Tiergarten Schönbrunn, which opened its doors in 1752.

Soak in this gorgeous space in this virtual zoo stroll and meet animals from all around the world and, of course, explore the picturesque landscape that surrounds the zoo. 

Keep an eye out for the zoo’s newest sensation, Finja – a polar bear cub. Watch her birth and everyday life on Vienna Zoo’s YouTube channel .

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Are you running out of interesting ideas to keep the little ones occupied? Are you tired of reading the same storybook, watching the same cartoons, or singing the same set of children’s songs for your kids? Why not let them visit the zoo while keeping them safe inside your homes? Yes, that is possible these days using virtual tours. Virtually visiting zoos is one of the best ways to keep them entertained and informed about animal habitats and behaviors.

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There are several zoos you can visit virtually with your kids. Once you are done with your zoo visit, you can do a virtual tour of some museums and theme parks as well. But, we will discuss more on that in our next blogs. For now, take note of these lists for your visual zoo visits.

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San Diego Zoo – Visit their website a get a chance to watch the live video stream of animals like the ape, baboon, burrowing owl, condor, elephant, giraffe, hippo, koala, panda, penguin, platypus, polar bear, and tiger.

  • Houston Zoo – This zoo is also equipped with a live cam where your kids could virtually spend time watching the giant river otter, the elephant, the giraffe, the gorilla, flamingo, chimp, and even as small as the leafcutter ants do their thing.
  • Atlanta Zoo – This zoo has a live stream video of their cute panda. Watch them as they munch through bamboo leaves.
  • Chester Zoo – This zoo makes use of its social media account, Facebook, and Youtube for a live feed of animals for an entire day. Your kids could virtually watch the butterflies flutter in-between flowers or the fishes swim across beautiful corals.
  • Cincinnati Zoo – The pandemic gave birth to Home Safari Facebook Live where animals become the star of the live video stream. Children would learn about how safari animals are being taken care of. They can watch vultures, sloths, meerkats, aardwolves, and many more.
  • Georgia Aquarium – If you or the little ones are more interested in sea creatures, then visit the live stream of Georgia Aquarium. You can virtually interact with the beluga whales, African penguins, sea otters, or watch the feeding frenzy of piranhas.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium – This zoo has a live cam set on its aviary. This sure is a hit if you are into birdwatching. You can also switch to other views as Monterey Bay Aquarium also offers a live stream on their Moon Jelly, and Sharks. But perhaps for people who are into freediving and snorkeling, the open sea cam will get you more interested.
  • National Aquarium in Baltimore- Unlike the seven locations mentioned above offering live streams of animals, National Aquarium offers a panoramic view of the area. You can pan to the left or to the right to watch different animals. Make use of the View Map tab to switch to different floors and move from sea creatures to land animals. The Explore Scene allows you to choose between specific animals you would want to check out. If you are unfamiliar with navigating around a virtual tour website, just click the Instruction tab and it will show you the complete instructions on how to enjoy the virtual tour. Their website is powered by Samurai Virtual Tours which provides a four-level view of the entire place.
  • Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute in Washington – When you virtually visit this zoo you will get to enjoy giant pandas and learn about their behavior and eating habits. You can also virtually watch black-footed ferrets, elephants, lions, and the naked mole rats in their everyday living. There is a feature where you get to learn more about these animals when you download the Animal Cam Bingo Cards.

10. New England Aquarium – You can watch the penguin colony or the variation of marine creatures swim along with their huge ocean tank at the comfort of your home. The zoo also offers virtual programs such as virtual academy programs and virtual animal encounters. These are exciting ways for your kids to continue learning about animals. They would also have a chance to learn from aquarium educators.

11. London Zoo – Similar to National Aquarium, London Zoo offers more than a live cam for virtual tours, thanks to 360virtual tour provider. If you have not visited the United Kingdom and you are curious about what their zoo looks like, you can take a peek using their virtual tour. It will give an idea of how huge the place is. You can navigate around the areas and see where the animals are kept.

12. Australia Zoo – Visiting the zoo does not require you to fly out to the land down under. They are actively using their Youtube channel so animal lovers like yourselves could still enjoy a virtual interaction with zoo animals.

13. Oregon Zoo – This zoo is a non-profit organization that provides a live stream of its animals. Your kids could watch the goats run around, or red pandas enjoying some snacks.

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From the list mentioned above, the majority of the zoo can be visited virtually by the live cam on their websites or their social media channels. Only a handful of them have a 360 virtual tour feature and this is a great opportunity to make zoo visits more interactive, engaging, and educational. The combination of innovative solutions such as 360 technology and virtual reality can create a more immersive experience for your children who are always curious about learning new things. The restrictions of being confined inside our homes should not stop our children and us too from continuously learning about the world of animals. The only way that the next generation could better take care of these animals is to understand and to know more about them. So, take time to nurture their curiosity by virtually taking them to amazing zoo visits. Do not miss the 360 virtual tour for some cool navigation features.

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The National Zoological Park is one of the oldest zoos in the United States and is part of the Smithsonian Institution. The Zoo host about 2,700 animals of 390 different species, of which about one-fifth are endangered or threatened.

The National Zoo has two campuses. The first is a 163-acre (66 ha) urban park located in Northwest Washington, D.C. The other campus is the 3,200-acre (1,300 ha) Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia.

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The Zoo supports 180 species of trees, 850 species of woody shrubs and herbaceous plants, 40 species of grasses, and 36 different species of bamboo.

The Zoo first started as the National Museum’s Department of Living Animals in 1886, and the National Zoo was created in 1889. In 1890, it became a part of the Smithsonian Institution. 

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You are sitting at home and wondering, “What can I do today?”  Well, here is one possibility – go on a whole bunch of virtual tours of some really cool places!  You don’t even have to leave the couch to see what these zoos, aquariums and science centers have to offer!  Of course, after you’re done, you might want to go out and do a little exploring of your own.  Or, maybe you want to create your own virtual tour and share with friends or family.  What do you have in your home or yard that you think you’d like to share?  Be creative and have fun!

The National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD

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If you have never visited the National Aquarium in Baltimore, here is your chance.  This  360 degree, four-level view of the aquarium has links to a lot information about the animals that live at the aquarium and you get to be your own guide on your journey.

Questions for Reflection :  What animals did you recognize?  Which of them inspires you to more exploration?

Activity Suggestion:   Choose one of the animals that you liked and then do a computer search to see videos and pictures of the animal.  Draw or paint a picture of the animal and make it into a card to give to someone.

The Smithsonsian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C.

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This museum has several virtual tours – get ready for a whole lot of exploration!  You can visit their permanent exhibits which includes the Mammal Hall, Ocean Hall, and Fossils Hall, among others; their current exhibits which includes a butterfly pavilion, among others; and their past exhibits which includes two dinosaur exhibits and a narwhal exhibit.  Just like when you visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in person, you will want to have more than one visit to view all these virtual tours.

Questions for Reflection:   Which virtual tour interested you the most?  Why?

Activity Suggestion:   Create a museum type exhibit with items in your own home.  What is the theme of your exhibit?  How do all the items connect to one another?

Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia

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Here you can experience the zoo through a series of YouTube videos .  You are going to have an incredible time meeting these animals who are living Down Under!

Questions for Reflection:   What animals were your favorites?  Do you have an animal at home?  What information would you share about your own animal if you were making a video?

Activity Suggestion:   Create a short animal video with you being the animal keeper.  Don’t have a real animal – maybe use a stuffed animal or animal figurine.

Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, OH

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If you love dinosaurs, then you must explore a 360 degree tour of the American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery at COSI !!  (Kids, you might need a little help to get the hang of this in the beginning).  While exploring, you can look at all the dinosaur skeletons and learn fun facts about dinosaurs through video links throughout the exhibit.  You’ll have a roaring good time!

Questions for Reflection :  What did you learn about dinosaurs?  Did you learn anything that was new?

Activity Suggestion:   Try dinosaur shadow drawing , or use any object if you don’t have a dinosaur.

Museum of the Dog in New York City

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Do you love dogs, or even like them a little?  If so, you might want to take a few virtual tours of this museum.  The first of three virtual tours is MUSH! A Tribute to Sled Dogs , the second is Best in Show , and the third is permanent collection of the museum .  There is a lot to read in these three virtual tours and some great pictures.  A good family activity with your dog!

Questions for Reflection:   Which dog breed is your favorite?  What do you like about the breed?  What do you think it would be like to be an arctic explorer on a dog sled?

Activity Suggestion:   Watch Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show videos and then figure out what you and your dog can do together.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, TX

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Here you can take a virtual tour of Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind with some activities to try along the way – like a cave squeeze!  During this exploration you can get an idea of what it feels like to go into a cave and find fossils.  This home tour is especially good for those who get scared in small spaces or in the dark because you can do it your big room with all the lights on!

Questions for Reflection:   What did you learn about caves?  What did you learn about fossils?

Activity Suggestion:   Try the cave squeeze and then think about what it would be like to be inside a cave.  Share your thoughts with someone in your family.

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels, Belgium

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On this tour you’ll find dinosaur and mammoth skeletons, live spiders and beetles, and many, many animal fossils.  Once you get the hang of how to navigate, you’ll have a grand time discovering all the secrets in this museum.  After you take the virtual tour, check out the online exhibits to learn more about all the things you just viewed and visit the at-home science activities to have more fun!

Questions for Reflection:   What live animals did you find?  What animal skeletons did you discover?

Activity Suggestion:   Now that you’ve seen pictures of some animal skeletons, find a picture of a human skeleton.  How are the skeletons the same?  How are they different?

Oxford University History of Science Museum, Oxford, England

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To really understand science today, it helps to learn who built the foundations of different scientific principles and the tools that were created to further advance our understanding of science.  Take the virtual tour and then check out the videos of the historic science instruments .  You will learn so much about how scientists of today were able to do the work they do because of work that others did before them.

Questions for Reflection:   What do you like best about learning the history of scientific instruments?  How do you think machines in your own home developed over time?

Activity Suggestion:   Think of a toy or an appliance – what changes could be made to make it even better?

Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, GA

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You can tour this aquarium through its variety of webcams and then check out all the other at-home learning experiences that are available.  You’ll have a great time seeing the beluga whales, sea otters, sea lions, and much more.

Questions for Reflection:   What marine mammals did you discover?  What other marine mammals or marine life can you name?

Activity Suggestion:   Try drawing a picture of your favorite marine animal!

Walt Disney World, Animal Kingdom and Epcot, Orlando, FL

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While this is not exactly a virtual tour, you still get to see pictures of and read about all the animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  They have a large variety of land and marine animals from small invertebrates to cute gibbons to huge hippos .  The best thing about the Disney animal pages are the three sections in the descriptions – Home Away From Home; Disney Conservation; and You Can Help Too.

Questions for Reflection:   What animals appeal to you most?  What things could you do to help your favorite animals?

Activity Suggestion:   Take a look around your yard or neighborhood.  What invertebrates can you find?  Record your findings in a journal or on a piece of paper.  Now, to attract more invertebrates, watch this video about making an invertebrate hotel and then follow these instructions to make your own invertebrate hotel .  What invertebrates used your hotel?  Take pictures of them.   Post your photos to iNaturalist .  Scientists will be able to identify all of those bugs for you!

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all kinds of places from the comfort of your living room. When I was teaching Kindergarten, one of my student’s favorite things to do was to tune in to the live cams from everywhere from the Monterey Bay Aquarium to the  National Zoo in Washinton D.C., and beyond.  It was a great way to open the door to learning about life around us in a fun and unique way without ever leaving the classroom. With so many families turning to online learning activities, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite free virtual field trips to zoos and aquariums for you, so enjoy your “visit”! The best part, for these field trips, there are no permission slips needed Here are some of our favorite virtual field trips to zoos:

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened its doors to guests thus introducing to the world a place where the magic of nature with rare animals and world-class entertainment came together but this year Disney’s Animal Kingdom marked its anniversary on Earth Day, April 22, with more wild adventures than ever before and reconfirmed their commitment to the Disney Conservation Fund and preserving wildlife and protecting the planet for future generations by inspiring action. From creatures wild and whimsical to Broadway-caliber shows, from unparalleled experiences toward-winning conservation efforts, from exotic lands to cuisine that celebrates a global park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park is a world of adventures from day to night, with exotic animals, prehistoric giants, and beloved Disney characters

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In honoring the terms of their conservation loan agreement with the People’s Republic of China, 27-year-old Bai Yun and her son, 6-year-old Xiao Liwu, have been repatriated to their ancestral homeland.

But luckily you can still enjoy the archived footage of Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu at the San Diego Zoo recorded from January through April 2019.

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While you are watching pandas chomp on bamboo, play in trees and tumble in the grass, specially trained volunteers with Friends of the National Zoo are hard at work using these cameras to collect behavioral data on the giant pandas. Be sure to toggle back and forth between Panda Cam 1 and Panda Cam 2 using the tabs at the top of the video player to get the full Panda Cam experience.

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Do the kids love going to the Zoo and learning about animals? Then these Virtual Zoo Tours are perfect to take with the kids right from your living room couch!

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Virtual Zoo tours are a great way to get kids seeing animals they love and learning about new animals right from the comfort of your own home. You can watch many different animal live cams to that are set up to show you just how animals act when they are on their own!

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Reid Park Zoo

Head on over here and you can watch seven different live cams from the Reid Park Zoo! Take your pick from the Grizzly Bear, Lions, lemur, Giraffe and elephants!

San Diego Zoo Live Cams

The San Diego Zoo has 11 different live cams that you can check out to watch the animals, including Polar Bears, Elephants, Penguins and more! Just head on over here and click on the animal cam you want to check out!

Smithsonian National Zoo Tour

Head on over here and you can watch the 4 different live cams that the Smithsonian National Zoo has. Check out the elephants, the lions, the Giant Panda and the Naked Mole rat!

Houston Zoo

Tune in to the Houston Zoo Webcams and enjoy a live look at animals that call the Houston Zoo home!

Atlanta Zoo Panda Cam

Head on over here and you can check out what the Panda Bears are doing at the Atlanta Zoo! Or you can watch it in the above video!

If the Kids love Panda then you should also check out the Disney Nature Born in China Movie, that is on Disney + and you can grab the printable Born in China activity packet .

Cape May County Zoo

On the Cape May County Zoo they are adding videos tours of the zoo on their facebook page . You can watch a new one each day for the next few week!

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Every day at 2 p.m. From March 16- March 30 you can head on over here and check out a new video added to explore the Zoo virtually. You can go behind the scenes, tour the Zoo, and cure your curiosity (or boredom!) with our animals, Keepers and Education staff.

Cincinnati Zoo 

Every Day on the Cincinnati Zoo Facebook page they will be sharing about one of their animals in the zoo at 3pm EST.

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On top of all the Virtual Zoo Tours to Take from Home there are TONS of live cam animal videos that the kids can see animals in the wild!

Barracuda Cam

Check out the Barracuda in Cape Fear North Carolina. Head on over here to see them. Or you can watch it in the above video!

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Check out the Decorah Iowa Bald Eagle nest live steam here . Or watch the video above.

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Head on over here and you can take a peek at what is going on in South Africa! You can take a virtual visit and check out the live cam of Tau Waterhole, South Africa , Tembe South Africa Elephant Park , and Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa .

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Homosassa Springs Underwater Manatees Live Cam

There are 4 different live cameras that you can view of the Manatees in Homosassa Springs! View them here .

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OrcaLab Base in Hanson Island, British Columbia, Canada

The headquarters of OrcaLab research station boast stunning views of Blackney Pass, a main thoroughfare for orcas in the fall and summer months. Watch live and learn more about orcas. Watch the Video above or head on over here .

West End Bald Eagle Cam

From the west end of Catalina Island, where the sun sets over the ocean, watch as this lifelong pair of eagle parents lay and protect eggs, feed their chicks and teach them to hunt and fly. You can also Watch it on Youtube .

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More than 20 Magellanic penguins live here at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California! You can also Watch it on Youtube .

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Check out what the sheep are doing in the sheep barn at Farm Sanctuary. You can also Watch it on Youtube .

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Posted: November 2, 2023 | Last updated: November 2, 2023

DENVER ( KDVR ) — Step aside, 4D exhibits , there is now a virtual reality experience at the Denver Zoo.

Using 360-degree virtual reality headsets and motion-platform seats with built-in surround sound, visitors can experience what it’s like to be surrounded by a troop of mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s remote Volcanoes National Park.

The exhibit is located in the Primate Panorama at the west end of the zoo, just down the path from the Great Apes’ habitat. The zoo currently houses two endangered western lowland gorillas, Kal and Gunther, which are native to the Congo Basin and its moist, lowland forest.

Scientists estimate there are only 1,000 mountain gorillas in the world, and they are only native to East and Central Africa. The species are largely threatened by forest clearing, which degrades the available habitat.

The Gorilla Trek allows visitors to step into a guided tour with primatologist Dr. Tara Stoinski , president and chief scientific officer of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, who has studied gorillas for over two decades and authored over 100 scientific publications.

Gorilla Trek guests will experience the troop’s family dynamics, observing the family members which range from adorable infants to intimidating alpha silverbacks, all through virtual reality headsets.

“Denver Zoo exists to connect people to nature and inspire action for wildlife, so the addition of Gorilla Trek to the experience we offer our guests is a natural fit,” said Amber Christopher, Denver Zoo chief operating officer. “We’re thrilled to bring in this new technology that allows our guests to see these incredible animals in their native habitat after seeing their cousins in person here at the Zoo.”

Gorilla Trek opened during World Rainforest Week in early October. The ride is available during the regular hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and tickets are not included with admission to the zoo. Tickets are $7 and available in person at the zoo or online in advance at DenverZoo.org .

For the latest news, weather, sports, and streaming video, head to FOX31 Denver.

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