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See incredible animals from the comfort of home with these virtual wildlife tours in Australia.

Australia’s animals are cute, cuddly and truly fascinating – even through the camera lens. Whether you need a daily distraction or a dose of adorable animals, bring wildlife to your living room with these online animal experiences. Take a virtual aquarium tour, tune into a zoo live stream and learn from the experts at Australia's wildlife parks and sanctuaries.

Get started with a few of Australia’s top virtual wildlife experiences.

Catch koalas on camera at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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Koalas, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Queensland © Tourism Australia

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Australia has some of the most unique wildlife in the world. In fact, almost 87 per cent of Australia's mammals are found in the wild nowhere else on Earth.

Whether munching on gum leaves or snoozing in the treetops, koalas are always worth a watch. Check out the  koala cams  at  Brisbane ’s  Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary , where you can get up close to wildlife as you watch the furry locals.

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Penguins at SEA LIFE Melbourne, Victoria © Sea Life Melbourne

The expert aquarists at SEA LIFE Melbourne host live streams of their incredible marine life, like sharks, jellyfish and turtles. Head to their  Facebook page  to find out more.

Embark on a virtual zoo tour with Taronga TV

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Taronga Zoo, Sydney, New South Wales © Rick Stevens 

With over 4,000 animals from over 350 species, Taronga has plenty of animals to keep you entertained. To view a variety of animals in action, tune into  Taronga TV , a zoo live stream that lets you watch elephants, seals and tigers both day and night.

Dive underwater with The Nature Conservancy

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 Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne, Victoria © Visit Victoria

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Australia offers an abundance of incredible marine animal encounters. Here, you can swim with giant cuttlefish, share the water with sea lions and float alongside whale sharks.

Want to see Australia’s marine life in their natural habitat?  The Nature Conservancy  has an  underwater camera  where you can see fish, seals and even dolphins below the surface.

Watch a wildlife live stream from Victoria’s zoos

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Werribee Open Range Zoo, Werribee, Victoria © Zoos Victoria

Get ready for cuteness overload with zoo live streams from Zoos Victoria, where you can see  live zoo cams  of the resident penguins, giraffes and snow leopards.

Learn about the Aussie animals at the Australian Reptile Park

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Australian Reptile Park, Somersby, New South Wales © Australian Reptile Park

Australia’s animals aren’t just adorable; they’re also incredibly unique. Learn about kangaroos, koalas, wombats and more with  educational videos  from wildlife expert Tim Faulkner at the Australian Reptile Park.

Take a live tour of Busselton Jetty

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Busselton Jetty, Busselton, Western Australia © Tourism Australia

Busselton Jetty, Busselton, WA © Tourism Australia

Busselton Jetty is the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere, stretching 1,841 metres (1.14 miles) out to sea.

Western Australia ’s Busselton Jetty offers both live and on-demand  virtual tours . With live tours, join the marine science team as they explain the spectacular marine life that lives outside the underwater windows. You can even ask questions along the way.

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SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Sydney, New South Wales © Tourism Australia

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium  has live-streamed lessons and virtual aquarium tours to help you get to know some of the world's most unique marine life. It’s your chance to meet the residents, including dugongs and penguins.

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Get a sneak peek of everything from kangaroo feeding time to butterfly sanctuary tours from several wildlife parks around Cairns  and Port Douglas . Check out the  Cairns ZOOM Facebook page  to learn more.

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Newy with Kids | January 29, 2024 January 11, 2024 | Museums & Galleries

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Visit Australian landmarks, zoos, aquariums, galleries, museums & world heritage sites from your home. Here are more than 30 virtual online tours you can do across Australia. Some involve Google Steet View tours while others let you view online exhibits.

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Discover online exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales including topics including First World War, Athletes in the Archibald and 19th-century portraits. Discover the many artworks held in this gallery from your own home. You can also walk through the art gallery using Google Street View.

Art Gallery of South Australia

Discover online exhibitions at the Art Gallery of South Australia including topics including Australian Art, Modern Art, Japanese Art. Discover the many artworks held in this gallery from your own home. You can also walk through the art gallery using Google Street View.

Australian Museum

Have a look through Australia Museum in Sydney through the online platform, Google Arts & Culture: Natural History. Combining Google photos, Google Street View, 360-degree videos and audio tours, virtual visitors will be able to explore the collections and specimens up close.

There is also the Sydney Science Trail which runs from 13 August. Traverse the new Sydney Science trail online and discover cutting-edge science at home. Explore videos, photogrammetry, and blogs from top scientists, researchers and curators. It’s all happening at Sydney Science Trail – stay tuned!

The super-fun  online Sydney Science Trail  is packed with on-demand activities, kids games and opportunities to learn at home. Take the trail and be rewarded for what you discover. Complete the science quiz at the end of each level and receive your badge – see how many you can collect!

The Australian National Surfing Museum

Based in Torquay, the Australian National Surfing Museum celebrates the history of surfing in Australia and charts Australia’s significant contribution to the development of surfing around the world. Discover online exhibitions including Surfer Stories as well as a history of surfing in Australia.

Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef

Explore the coral cay of Lady Elliot Island on the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef in this seaview survey. You can explore around the cay as well as underwater.

Fraser Island

Check out the beautiful environment of Fraser Island in this 360-degree photo. Scroll to move around.

Great Barrier Reef

Explore the Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough. He narrates videos about the reef. The website also includes an educational, interactive map.

HMB Endeavour

Step inside the HMB Endeavour without leaving your home in a virtual tour at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney. This is a replica of the HMB Endeavour that Captain James Cook sailed to observe the Transit of Venus and to find “Terra Australis”. Explore the different decks of this ship as well. There are also learning packs for school kids.

Immigration Museum

Explore Victoria’s diversity and culture from your home through the Melbourne Immigration Museum at Home program . You can explore their exhibition through free virtual tours including Identity: yours, mine, ours and Immigrant Stories.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Want to see Australian animals? Check out livestream videos of the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane. There’s live footage of koalas and their joeys, dingo pups, platypus, emus and kangaroos.

Macquarie Island Research Station

Take a tour of Macquarie Island, a World Heritage-listed sub-Antarctic island located in the Southern Ocean, approximately halfway between Australia and Antarctica. In this tour of Macquarie Island see how people live and work in “Macca” by exploring a range of buildings and scenic areas.

Melbourne Museum

Take an online tour of history, culture, science and nature through the Melbourne Museum at Home program. You can explore their exhibition through free virtual tours including Wild: Amazing animals in a changing world, Phar Lap: A true legend, Te Vainui O Pasifika and The Mind and The Melbourne Story.

National Archive of Australia

Discover online exhibitions at the National Archive of Australia including Watching the Waves, Summers Past and Banned: A secret history of Australian censorship. These include a number of historical images.

National Gallery of Australia

Discover online art exhibitions at the National Gallery of Australia including Australian works, Modern Art and historic paintings of Sydney and Melbourne.

National Gallery of Victoria

Discover online art exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria including Australian works, Modern Art and Renaissance paintings. Discover the many artworks held in this gallery from your own home.

Newcastle Art Gallery

Take a tour of online art exhibitions at the Newcastle Art Gallery . Recorded in January 2018, the exhibitions  PAINTING MEMORY: From the collection  and  EVERYTHING CHANGES: Tim Maguire 2002 – 2017 have been documented in a 3D showcase of the Gallery building, recording some of the most iconic works of art from their collection as an interactive and educational online resource.

Geoscience Australia (National Mineral and Fossil Collection)

Discover online exhibitions of the National Mineral and Fossil Collection including topics like Gems from the Safe, Australian meteorites, Australian opals and fluorescent minerals.

Parks and Wildlife Western Australia

Parks and Wildlife Western Australia have a number of Google Views that you can explore. Choose from walking trails, waterfalls, gorges and lookouts and explore the beautiful landscapes of Western Australia. The Granite Skywalk and Fortescue Falls are a couple of our favourites.

Port Phillip Bay Reef Cam

Nature Conservancy Australia presents Reef Cam, Australia’s first-ever rocky-reef, live-feed, combined under and above water webcams. The live stream features flora and fauna from Port Phillip Bay in Victoria.

Powerhouse Museum

Do a virtual walkthrough through the Powerhouse Museum , a popular museum in Sydney. There is a number of online exhibits you can access including Ingenuity and Innovation, Health and Medicine and the Australian invention, the flight recorder.

Queensland Museum

Discover the fascinating exhibits in a virtual tour of Queensland Museum . This museum contains natural history, cultural heritage, science and human achievement that tells the changing story of Queensland. Click on online exhibits about dinosaurs, fossils and amber.

Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art

Discover online art exhibitions at the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art . It includes art exhibitions with work from India, Pakistan, Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia.

Scienceworks

Explore the exhibitions in Scienceworks in Melbourne. You can choose to start from the Think Ahead exhibition, Sportsworks exhibition and The Spotswood Pumping Station.

SEA LIFE Melbourne

Enjoy a virtual aquarium visit at SEA LIFE Melbourne . Get up close to underwater creatures by watching their live streams. Get up close to their Gentoo and King Penguins and learn about what their keepers and aquarists do there every day!

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Enjoy a virtual aquarium visit at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium . Get up close to underwater creatures by watching their live streams including Pig the Dugong, Gentoo and King Penguins.

Shrine of Remembrance

The Shrine of Remembrance is the National War Memorial of Victoria, a monument dedicated to all those who have served in the armed conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australia has participated. Walk through the Shrine of Remembrance as well as visiting the online exhibitions.

State Library of New South Wales

Discover online exhibitions at the State Library of NSW including topics including the First Fleet, Discovering Antarctica and the Holterman Collection, which is the most important photographic documentation of goldfields life in Australia.

State Library of Queensland

Discover online exhibitions at the State Library of Queensland including topics like the First World War and Australian South Sea Islanders.

Sydney Observatory

Do a virtual walkthrough through the Sydney Observatory .

Sydney Opera House

Take a look inside the Sydney Opera House with Google Streetview. Click on the Online Stories to learn more about this iconic building as well as its architect Jørn Utzon. You can also watch a 360 degree  Youtube video of the Sydney Opera House and scroll around to see different viewpoints. The video also includes a performance from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Taronga Zoo

Spend some time with the animals at Taronga Zoo on TarongaTV. They have set up 24/7 live-streaming cameras so you can enjoy your favourite animals at any time of day. The zoo has set up a Tiger Cam, Seal Cam and Elephant Cam at Taronga Zoo Sydney. There are also shows and animal feedings that you can watch.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Discover the sacred space of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park guided by the Anahgu traditional owners. Click, tap and hover to hear songs and stories in a virtual tour of this remarkable place.

Umoona Opal Mine & Museum

Go underground and explore the Umoona Opal Mine & Museum in Coober Pedy in a virtual tour. It’s a fascinating place You can explore a hand-dug bedroom, and the Old Miners Dugout as well as an underground cinema.

Zoos Victoria

You can watch animals all day long.  Zoos Victoria has live streams at their Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo enclosures. See snow leopards, penguins, lions, zebras and giraffes. Tune in at different times to see the animals being fed.

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Take a virtual safari into the wild while you’re at home

Zoos and wildlife parks across the country have risen to the COVID-19 challenge with livestreams from inside animal enclosures and broadcasting feedings, tours, talks and shows

Guy Dixon (left), Hayden Turner (centre) and Johny Wade (right) record a segment with the Capybaras for Taronga TV. Picture: Toby Zerna

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If you think you’re bored staying at home, spare a thought for the great apes.

Until recently, our zoo-dwelling chimps, orang-utans and gorillas spent their days relaxing with some people watching but since COVID-19 stopped the visitors, the apes have been left scratching their heads, wondering who switched off Human TV*.

“With a very intelligent animal like a gorilla, one of their favourite pastimes* is to sit back and people watch,” said Chad Staples, director of Mogo Wildlife Park on the NSW South Coast and Featherdale Wildlife Park in Western Sydney, NSW.

“People having fun and enjoying themselves is certainly a form of amusement for the animals so that not being around is a loss. It does mean we need to do more in order to keep everybody stimulated* because the emotional and mental welfare of the animals is almost more important than the physical through these times.”

A gorilla resident at Mogo Wildlife Park, Batemans Bay, NSW. Picture: Tim Hunter

Thankfully for us human animals, watching and learning about other animal species doesn’t have to stop just because the zoos are shut.

Zoos and wildlife parks across the country have risen to the COVID-19 challenge with online educational resources including live streams from inside animal enclosures and broadcasting feedings, tours, talks and shows.

At Mogo and Featherdale wildlife parks, Staples interacts with people across the globe, answering questions through his Instagram video diaries and over Facebook Live.

“We’ve had stacks of interaction. We get the cutest videos from kids and questions are streaming in. I’m enjoying it. It’s a way of keeping connected with people,” said Staples.

Eight-week-old lion Phoenix with Chad Staples at Mogo Wildlife Park. Picture: Jonathan Ng

His focus on making wildlife accessible online started during this summer’s bushfires, which saw Mogo encircled by flames, threatening hundreds of exotic animals and destroying 80 per cent of the perimeter* fence.

In a great effort that attracted international attention, staff risked their lives to stay onsite, defending the animals with water hoses, while Staples took small monkeys and red pandas home to keep them safe – meaning not a single animal was lost.

Chad Staples puts out a spot fire at during last summer’s bushfires. Picture: John Grainger

Afterwards, the zoo was flooded with inquiries on social media.

“People felt very disconnected and they wanted to know everything was OK. They might have had a favourite animal and they wanted to know how it was. I just knew it would be the same with (COVID-19) with everyone sitting at home idle. They want to know what the animals are doing during this time,” said Staples.

He’s also glad to be working doing something he loves during the difficult times.

“It gives you a focus other than the virus. If you’re putting the animals’ welfare first you don’t even think about yourself or what’s missing from your life because you’ve got that goal that’s bigger than yourself.”

Here are some of the virtual tours you can take of our Australian zoos.

TARONGA ZOO – SYDNEY AND WESTERN PLAINS ZOO DUBBO Taronga TV releases new content daily including live animal cams on the Sumatran tigers, Asian elephants, seals and meerkats. Watch awe-inspiring seal and bird shows from your couch and get the insider’s view on exactly what goes on at the two wildlife hospitals at Taronga and Dubbo Western Plains Zoo as well as the zoos’ bilby and plains’ wanderer chick conservation efforts. tarongatv.com

Marine keeper Adrienna van Gogh trains Murphy the Californian sea lion in front of an empty seal theatre at Taronga Zoo. Picture: Toby Zerna

MELBOURNE ZOO, WERRIBEE OPEN RANGE ZOO and HEALESVILLE SANCTUARY Melbourne Zoo has one of the cutest live streams thanks to their Snow Leopard Cub Cam (tune in around 9-10am daily for feeding). There’s also lion cam, zebra cam (daily feeding 8.15am, noon and 3.45pm), penguin cam (daily feeding 9 – 10.30am) and giraffe cam (daily feeding 8.45am, noon and 4pm). There’s also celebrity appearances from Noojee the koala and the echidnas and tree kangaroos at Healesville Sanctuary. zoo.org.au/animals-at-home/

The African lions, stars of their own livestream show, lying around at Werribee Open Range Zoo. Picture: Sam Rankin

AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PARK Daily live streams at 2pm (EST) on Facebook and Instagram. Catch a live crocodile feed or venomous snake milking or learn something new with keeper Tim Faulkner’s educational videos, posted 10am daily. reptilepark.com.au/arptv/

Australian Reptile Park keeper Tim Faulkner is running an educational series for kids. Picture: Australian Reptile Park

ADELAIDE ZOO AND MONARTO SAFARI PARK Grab the popcorn and settle in for live streams of the giant pandas at Adelaide Zoo and the chimps and southern white rhinos at Monarto Safari Park. Spend a day as a keeper as staff take you through animal feeding and bathing routines and answer questions on social media. There are also colouring pages and puzzles. zoossa.com.au/zoo-to-you/

MOGO WILDLIFE PARK AND FEATHERDALE SYDNEY WILDLIFE SANCTUARY Ever wondered which animal sleeps the most or how many kilograms of meat it takes to feed a lion? Send your questions to keeper Chad Staples using hashtag #AskAZookeeper and stay tuned to Mogo and Featherdale’s Instagram and Facebook pages for his video diaries. There’s also quizzes and lion and giraffe origami. mogozoo.com.au/askazookeeper and featherdale.com.au

SEA LIFE (MELBOURNE AQUARIUM and SUNSHINE COAST) and WILD LIFE SYDNEY ZOO Get home schooled on everything from animal habitats to life cycles and conservation with an array of wildlife-inspired activities including worksheets and videos. Get crafty and make a penguin or a jellyfish or relax with a short yoga-under-the-sea class. There’s also a bunch of Facebook streams from dugongs to shark feeds, koalas to quokkas. merlinannualpass.com.au/educationtoolbox/

A crocodile at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium. Picture: supplied

PERTH ZOO Take a virtual excursion with the zoo with Perth Zoo’s Home Safari. Jump onboard a tour and talk and learn about everything from a rhino to a Tassie devil, take advantage of activity sheets and games and go behind-the-scenes with videos on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tik Tok. perthzoo.wa.gov.au

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES 1. Human TV Just as we are able to watch the antics of the animals in many of our zoos via the internet, some animals might appreciate the opportunity to watch a ‘live stream’ of the human behaviour that happens at your house.

Use a phone, tablet or other suitable device to film some typical human behaviour that occurs at your house. You could ask other members of your family to do some funny things to help entertain the animals at the zoo. As the presenter, narrate the actions of the humans in your house. Then interview one of the ‘human keepers’ (also known as parents) about some of the interesting habits of the humans under their care and how he/she looks after them. Prepare your questions for the ‘human keeper’ before you begin so they have a chance to prepare some answers. Put your video and interview together and watch it as a family for a few laughs.

Make sure you ask your family members if they are happy to be involved in your video before filming.

Time: allow 40 minutes to complete this activity Curriculum Links: English, Technologies – Digital technologies, Critical and Creative thinking

2. Extension We’re all going to the zoo … from home!

Visit several of the zoos mentioned in the article from the comfort of your own house. Copy and paste the link into your web browser. Go onto one of the live streams and watch the animal’s antics or watch a video of a keeper talk to learn about the animal and how they care for it. You can even (with your parent or teacher’s permission) download, print and complete one of the worksheets or activities suggested. Keep a list of the zoos you ‘visited’ and what you saw/learnt at each place.

After your ‘day out’ write a recount telling us where you ‘went’, which animals you saw at each zoo and what you learnt and enjoyed. Remember your recount should have an introduction, an order of events and a conclusion. Include a map to show your readers where in Australia each zoo is and the order that you visited them.

Time: allow 60 minutes to complete this activity Curriculum Links: English, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences – Geography, Critical and Creative thinking

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Our Taronga Education team are bringing the Zoo to you (virtually!) to provide engaging and educational material for students. Taronga Education TV is a short virtual Zoo lesson released once a week for FREE to take your students on a journey through the Zoo. Or, you can book a private, curriculum-linked virtual Zoo lesson and experience a Taronga excursion workshop from the comfort of your classroom or from anywhere!

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We're bringing you a virtual Zoo experience with Taronga Education TV, streamed straight to your living room for FREE. Connect virtually with some of Taronga’s amazing animals with weekly 20-minute Zoo lessons led by a qualified teaching staff member.

In these engaging sessions, Taronga Educators will delve into various animals, their habitats, needs, the challenges they face for survival, and the unique adaptations they possess. Hear stories firsthand from Zoo staff and gain insight into the future of sustainable action.

These virtual sessions will be hosted via our Taronga website, via Vimeo. No download is required, and the lessons can be watched on a Taronga webpage. Vimeo allows multiple devices to be active at one time.

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You can connect virtually in an exclusive lesson with some of Taronga’s amazing animals in an online lesson led by qualified member of our teaching staff. Experience an intimate digital excursion that is suited to what your class is learning about.

Pick from a selection of our curriculum-linked workshops or reach out or contact our Education Admin team to discuss a bespoke session:

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  • Stage 6 Business Studies - It's Zoo Business

Upon booking, you will be provided with a link to join the video conference one week prior. No download is required, the video link can be open using a web browser. 

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Your school will also receive a  one of a kind   canvas painting made by our beautiful  orangutans – as they love to paint!

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Hangry By Nature

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.

Psst.. You can find us on Tik Tok here for a daily dose of quarantine laughs.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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Asia: Virtual Zoos & Aquariums

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.

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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.

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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.

Taronga Zoo 

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.

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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.

You can stalk them trying to catch some snoozy time below…

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.

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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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    Taronga Zoo Sydney Australia. The Taronga Zoo Sydney is Australia's largest zoo, opened in 1916. Check out all of their online resources here, including tiger cams, keeper chats, and other videos. They also have teacher resources and virtual tours. Zoos Victoria Australia

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