Best Animal Experiences You Can Live Stream At Home
Remember the pre-pandemic days when viral videos of cute animals were the surefire feel-good trend? Well, a certain global crisis has taken that phenomenon to the next level and now you can meet loads of animals in real-time all from the safe haven of your home.
You can connect with animals in an all-new way with live stream video and join friendly zookeepers to go behind the scenes while zoos are temporarily closed.
Here are some of the best animal experiences you can live stream at home.
Sydney’s Taronga Zoo has 24/7 live-streaming cameras so you can say hi to all your favourite animals! The amazing sneak peek gives an expansive view of the animal sanctuaries including the new Otter Cam, where you can witness the adorable otter family swimming together and chasing each other. There’s also an elephant, tiger, meerkat and seal cama and the Capybara Cam where you can watch the largest rodents in the world!
SEALIFE Sydney & WILDLIFE Sydney
SEALIFE Sydney has launched a Wild At Home Hub with Merlin's Education Toolbox, a virtual aquarium and a range of live streams so you can dive into all the underwater action with their family of aquatic creatures. See their star sea creatures including Pig the Dugong, plus videos to get a look at what keepers and aquarists get up to every day.
WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo is also live-streaming their mammoth saltwater crocodile Rocky and their cuddly quokkas!
Zoos Victoria has launched Animals At Home to bring the zoo to you with videos of incredible animals from Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo.
The animal keeper talk series kicks off every Monday morning where you can meet the people who take care of the animals and witness their interaction. There are 24/7 live streams of snow leopards, giraffes, lions and zebras. Spy on the Gorillas of Werribee Open Range Zoo and Fiordland Penguins at Melbourne Zoo, and see limited-time special guest live streams including Melbourne Zoo’s Butterfly House and Land of Parrots at Healesville Sanctuary.
Shenshuping Gengda Panda Center
Beware: addictive viewing ahead. Soak up the serenity of the Shenshuping Gengda Panda Center in China’s Wolong Valley where beautiful panda bear families frolic the day away. It is all captured for your viewing pleasure on Explore.org’s Panda Cams. They live-stream mesmerising footage from 11 different panda yards including Happiness Village Baby Panda Garden and Park.
Adults and cubs can be seen chowing down on bamboo, snuggling up, playing around and napping - clearly living their best life in a lush oasis.
Sydney Olympic Park
Sydney Olympic Park has launched Park Live and crafted their Mini Park Rangers program into a virtual experience, with episodes now live online. Though it's not live-streaming, kids wild about animals and nature will still get a thrill from the engaging videos. The first Mini Park Rangers episode is a bird-watching excursion! There is also an activity sheet with a scavenger hunt and instructions for making telescope binoculars from a cardboard tube.
The program encourages kids to engage with the outdoors, discovering the sights and sounds around them in their backyard or their neighbourhood. Episodes go live at 10am every Tuesday and children connect with Park Rangers for new adventures inspired by rainbows, spiders, beetles and more.
Australian Reptile Park
Take a walk on the wild side without leaving your lounge room. The Australian Reptile Park has created ARP TV to bring you all the action from one of Sydney’s premier animal attractions. Zookeepers are still hard at work feeding and looking after all the animals, and delivering daily live-streaming as they showcase their favourite fauna and answer viewer questions. There is also a range of online educational videos for school kids hosted by Park Director Tim Faulkner. ‘Animal Tales with Tim Faulkner’ includes Conservation from your Couch and up-close encounters with tree kangaroos, flying foxes and freshwater turtles.
Tune in for all the fun and excitement via their website and social media. The educational videos will be posted at 10am daily on the Australian Reptile Park's Facebook and Instagram - as well as on Tim Faulkner & Aussie Ark's pages. The live streams will be available at 2pm daily on the Australian Reptile Park’s Facebook, Instagram & TikTok.
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