THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO – Staying Connected – Visiting Nation’s Zoos!

Weekends are all about getting out and having a good time with family and friends. Unfortunately, we are still unable to do that. And one of the best ways to stay connected with some semblance of reality is to continue having a good time but virtually. So, this weekend let’s take a trip visiting some of the nation’s zoos!

Many zoos are offering live feeds of a variety of animals during this time when they are publicly closed. Here’s your opportunity to visit other zoos you usually wouldn’t get a chance to and learn about the animals’ habits, watch them get fed, and enjoying their interaction with each other. Are you ready?

Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago, IL) Lincoln Park Zoo will be offering new virtual experiences allowing you to engage and interact with the Zoo like never before. Most of these events will take place via Zoom. Here’s what’s on May’s agenda: Virtual Meet-and-Greet (Saturdays, May 16 & 30 at 10 a.m.); Virtual History Tour with Adam Selzer of Mysterious Chicago (Saturday, May 23 at 10 a.m.); and Virtual Breakfast with the Animals: Great Apes & Primates (Sunday, May 24 at 10 a.m.)!

Atlanta Zoo Check out their Panda cam plus other virtual events along with Learn at Home educational activities, Keeper Stories, and Panda news!

Cincinnati Zoo The Zoo offers Home Safari Facebook Live daily at 2 p.m. (CST), where they highlight one of their amazing animals and include an activity you can do at home!

El Paso Zoo Offers web cams of meerkats, orangutans, giraffes, sea lions and siamangs (do you know what a siamang is)!

Houston Zoo Enjoy a live look at animals who call the Houston Zoo home. Watch a herd of Asian elephants wander through their enormous habitat, or see rhinos roll in their mud puddle. Other live webcams include gorillas, giraffes, Leafcutter ants, and chimpanzees!

Maryland Zoo Visit these following live view cams: see penguin activity including feeding times at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. every day at the Penguin Coast cam; see activity from female lioness Zuri and male lion Hassan at the Lion Overlook cam; see goats eating, enjoying enrichment, and climbing on their Goat Castle at the Goat Corral cam; and others!

Memphis Zoo Hippo, elephant, and panda cams are available for viewing!

National Zoo (Washington, D.C.) Animal cams of cheetah cubs, lions, elephants, giant pandas, and naked mole-rats are available for viewing!

Oakland Zoo View webcams of black bears, sun bears, condors, and elephants!

Pittsburgh Zoo Check out the Zoo’s webcams of cheetahs, penguins, and virtual wild encounters; their One Wild Place podcast; and some additional fun and educational programming including Animal Tracks Program, Veterinary Care Videos, PPG Kids’ Corner Activities, and more!

Reid Park Zoo (Tucson, AZ) The Zoo offers cams of giraffes, grizzly bears, lemurs, lions, and elephants. The elephant cam in Expedition Tanzania allows you to watch the active elephants from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. However, this camera may be offline at times as Semba, and her newborn calf, introduce themselves to the rest of the herd!

San Diego Zoo Live cams include apes, baboons, burrowing owls, condors, elephants, koalas, polar bears, tigers, and others. Amazing videos such as Kids Corner, Tiger Cubs, Wolf Organizer, Zany Zebra Puppet, and many other activities and games are available for enjoyment!

So, how many zoos and animals will you visit this weekend?

Sue Moss and Dean’s Team Chicago