To protect ourselves and others, social distancing is a requirement. Therefore, it’s not possible to visit zoos or aquariums. Many of them are temporarily closed to the public, so we wouldn’t be able to visit even if we tried.
You can still connect with your beloved tigers, pandas and incredible old dogs via live camera. These are 10 of our favourite tigers. You can watch them for 5 minutes or gaze at them for hours to avoid existential terror. You can do whatever works for you.
Livestream from Cincinnati ZooThursday’s announcement by the Cincinnati Zoo that it would temporarily close to stop the spread of COVID-19 (a new coronavirus) was a big step in the right direction. However, a new Facebook Live program was introduced. It will air every other weekday at 3:00 p.m. ET and feature a different animal each episode. You can also find the accompanying activity for kids at home on the zoo website.
Fiona, the hippo, was featured in the inaugural episode. You can watch it here.
Live Cams at the San Diego Zoo
Live cams are available on the San Diego Zoo website for nine habitats. They include koalas, elephants, tigers and pandas. My personal favourite is the Baboon Cam, where I spent 20 minutes watching one baboon scratch its butt.
Smithsonian National Zoo Panda Cam
The best panda cam is less active than normal because volunteers are not currently employed at the zoo. However, it’s still there, and you can often catch a glimpse of Giant Pandas Tian Tian or Mei Xiang in their habitat.
Kitten Rescue Sanctuary’s Kitten Cam
You can view this live camera on Explore.org. It streams a room at Los Angeles’ Kitten Rescue Sanctuary. The main attraction is the kittens, but many have been named after Downton characters. A dog called Birdie occasionally makes an appearance.
Vancouver Aquarium’s Jellycam
The jellyfish camera is the best in soothing content. It consists of deep blue water and lots of chilled-out blobs. What more could you want?
Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Cam
This aquarium in California has a lot of live cameras (sharks!) jellyfish! The sea otter cam is the best. You can still get live feedings of the sea otter, although it is less often than usual due to temporary aquarium closures.
Warrior Canine Connection’s Puppy Camera
We don’t know what to say if you want puppies staring at you. Warrior Canine Connection hosts this puppy cam. It has four streams, FYI. This organization helps veterans reintegrate into civilian life to train service dogs for them.
National Aquarium’s Coral Reef Camera
On the National Aquarium’s Blacktip Reef camera, you’ll see many colourful fish and occasionally a shark. Are you still not able to see a shark? Keep watching. You have plenty of time to reach your goals, Lord willing.
Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary’s Senior Dog Gathering room
Mashable is a huge fan of the Old Friends senior dog sanctuary, senior dog heaven in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. Explore.org’s live camera shows dozens of elderly dogs walking in circles and trying to acknowledge one another. This is more captivating than any TV show.
Kentucky Equine Adoption Center’s live cam
This one is for horse girls. The Kentucky centre cares for and rehabs rescue horses. It offers a relaxing live feed that features horses standing in a field. We assume they sometimes move, but they mostly stand and eat grass. It’s nice. Perhaps one day we will go outside again.