Stuck at home with only four walls for company? Are the kids bored and demanding your attention? All that’s about to change as Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park bring the zoo and safari to you! That way you can be ‘#athomewiththeanimals’ while still staying safe.
Starting on Monday 6 April, Zoos SA’s weekly program of events will see Facebook and Instagram Live weekly keeper talks, weekly Q&A sessions with keepers, 24/7 live streams from the panda, rhino and chimpanzee enclosures, educational content, kids activities and heaps more.
They’ll bring regular updates, new animal vision and images of the adorable lion cubs that have stolen hearts around the state right into your homes.
“Our gates might be temporarily closed but that won’t stop us. We want to ensure everyone can see our animals and learn all about them while safely at home,” said Elaine Bensted, CE of Zoos SA.
“Feedback from our valued members and public since closing has told us that they miss our animals, that they love the updates and that it gives a much needed lift when they see them, even if it’s not face to face.
“We are all doing it tough right now, so if we can help by adding some smiles and at the same time give kids and adults the chance to learn about our animals and how we are saving them from extinction then we’re 100% in!
“Our live stream cameras will allow viewers to see the animals throughout the day, including seeing them feed, sleep and, in the chimpanzees’ case, watch as the three little ones play together.
“Our keepers are very excited to be hosting a range of talks and Q&A sessions and to continue to share their passion for our wonderful animals and our conservation work.
“Of course, our animals always run the show, so if they decide not to participate or to try something new, then so be it. The live element, including comments and questions from our audience, will certainly add to the excitement!” finished Elaine.
Coinciding with the first week at home for all South Australian school children, the inaugural week of the program includes:
Monday 6 April: Q&As about Quokkas – meet Adelaide Zoo’s quintessentially cute Quokkas and ask your questions to the kids zoo keepers.
Wednesday 8 April: Easter fun gets underway with Monarto Safari Park’s bouncing bilbies. Learn all about these marvellous marsupials with a Keeper Talk and don’t forget to post your comments and questions.
Thursday 9 April: Watch as Wang Wang and Fu Ni, Adelaide Zoo’s adorable Giant Panda duo, enjoy their Easter enrichment of fun gift boxes and treats.
Live stream launches today! Special ‘keeper performance’ at 11am.
To celebrate the launch of their exciting program, Zoos SA is switching on its live stream cameras today (Friday 3 April) visit www.zoossa.com.au/zoo-to-you/.
Visitors can drop in at any time to catch up with Adelaide Zoo’s Giant Pandas Fu Ni and Wang Wang and Monarto Safari Park’s Southern White Rhino Ibutho and Chimpanzee troop
And, to bring some smiles and enrichment to animals and humans, Zoos SA is proud to announce that there will be a very special, one off performance viewable via the Chimps Dayroom livestream cam at 11am today. Don’t miss it!
Live stream cameras
To view Giant Pandas, Rhino and Chimpanzee web cams visit http://www.zoossa.com.au/zoo-to-you/