Teachers, kids and parents will find a wealth of fun, free and educational tools and content online, provided by San Diego Zoo Global. For kids who love to learn about animals by watching them, the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park live wildlife cams provide unmatchable insights. For teachers, there’s a wealth of supplemental curriculum on wildlife and habitats that’s readily available online. And for parents seeking to inspire and inform their children about the wonders of plants and animals, information on hundreds of species is only a click away.
“It’s truly heartwarming that we can be a source of comfort and joy to the public during these trying times,” said Ted Molter, San Diego Zoo Global’s chief marketing officer. “The interest we’ve seen has lifted all of our spirits here at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park.”
Being at home doesn’t have to be a “bear” when you can catch all the action on the San Diego Zoo’s Polar Cam, and other live wildlife cams featuring animals at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park. From their habitat to yours, these livestreaming cams provide “being there” views of wildlife as they explore, eat, swing, roll, pounce, scratch, and play through their day. Footage from the Panda Cam archives is available, too, to relive the adventures of giant pandas Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu during their time at the San Diego Zoo, before returning to China.
Watch any of San Diego Zoo Global’s wildlife cams here:
- Burrowing Owl Cam, presented by Ori and the Will of the Wisps
- Elephant Cam, presented by Planet Zoo
- Panda Cam (archived video)
- Baboon Cam (Hamadryas baboons, gelada monkeys and Nubian ibex)
- Penguin Cam (African penguins)
- Polar Cam (polar bears)
- Ape Cam (orangutans and siamangs)
- Koala Cam
- Giraffe Cam (also includes rhinos and other animals from the African Plains habitat)
- Tiger Cam
- Condor Cam.
Youngsters can jump right into the world of wildlife with every visit to the San Diego Zoo Kids website. This kid-friendly destination is jam-packed with videos and information about animals, fun stories, hands-on activities and games. Youngsters will also find links to live wildlife cams and information about how to be a superhero to help save species. Grown-ups will want to visit, too, to access educational tools and programs they can use immediately.
Watch Wildlife Stories on YouTube
Anyone can tune into YouTube to view the San Diego Zoo Kids Channel’s heartwarming and educational programming from zoos around the world. San Diego Zoo Global provides this dedicated channel to children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses around the world.
Even more videos with “wild and cute” content can be found on the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park YouTube channels:
While many readers may be familiar with the print edition of San Diego Zoo Global’s ZOONOOZ magazine, ZOONOOZ Online includes even more new, fascinating stories about wildlife and ongoing conservation projects around the world. New articles are posted on the website each week, so readers will want to visit often to check out the latest content.
Did you know the slender-snouted crocodile is an avid tree climber? Or that an ocelot has different markings on each side? From the African giant pouched rat to the zebra, and from cactuses to trees, they’re all here—with detailed information, fun trivia and much more. It’s a user-friendly A-to-Z guide on the most-asked-about species, many of which call the San Diego Zoo or the San Diego Zoo Safari Park home. This online resource offers an opportunity to learn more about familiar favorite plants and animals, as well as equally fascinating species that are lesser known.
Middle school and high school students can dig into science on the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research Science Blog. The engaging posts here cover everything from the goings on in the pathology lab of Disease Investigations to information on interning with the alala education program in Hawaii.
Help Track Wildlife from the Comfort of Home
Anyone can become a “citizen scientist” and contribute valuable data to conservation researchers by helping to count, identify and track burrowing owls, giraffes and other wildlife online. Participants in San Diego Zoo Global’s Wildwatch Burrowing Owl and Wildwatch Kenya can help make a difference, viewing and classifying wildlife images from remote trail cameras.