This year has been wildly different from what anyone could have predicted. COVID-19 has impacted the way we all do life. It has even changed how we visit some places, including wildlife and national parks. Fortunately for us, the digital era has created an opportunity for many wildlife parks to leave their virtual doors wide open for us. Here are the best wildlife park tours you can virtually attend during this time of the pandemic.
The San Diego Zoo
Few zoos are as known and recognized as the San Diego zoo. Known for its plethora of animals, the San Diego zoo is sure to knock your socks off, especially now that you can have the zoo’s wild kingdom right in your home!
The zoo is currently providing access to over a dozen different wildlife cams. You can livestream many different animals as they eat, play, and go about their day. This includes koalas, pandas, tigers, apes, and even platypuses.
Additionally, the website is packed with educational videos, games, and hands-on activities for the younger ones.
So take your family on a fun virtual tour of this amazing wildlife park by visiting www.zoo.sandiegozoo.org.
Yellowstone National Park
Prepare for a virtual cross-country trip by visiting one of the country’s most iconic national parks. Yellowstone, located across three different U.S. states, is known for its natural hot springs, its active supervolcano, and its abundant wildlife.
So take a trip to a comfortable place in your home and livestream the virtual tours available on the park’s website. The tours feature the most popular attractions of the park, including the mammoth hot springs, the upper falls, the Yellowstone river, and more.
Several webcams are also available to view different parts of the park in current time. One of the webcams is even centered on Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin. And keep your eyes open for any wildlife roaming the parks! It is truly something you do not want to miss.
Check out this wildlife park for free at www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm.
Prepare to go bananas for this animal sanctuary in Louisiana!
Located on more than 200 acres of land, this sanctuary is a true paradise for the chimpanzees that inhabit it. And now you can visit this awesome place from the comfort of your home.
Chimp Haven’s website offers tons of videos that give you an inside look of the sanctuary and its inhabitants. You can also hear from the team itself about what it is like to work and care for the chimps.
Additionally, educational seminars are offered every month. But although they are free, space is limited. So sign up now!
And do not miss the documentary of the sanctuary that is now streaming on Disney +.
If you feel inclined, you can also show your support to this sanctuary in many different ways. Visit the wildlife park website and find out how you can help now at www.chimphaven.org
Grand Canyon National Park
Like me, you have probably missed visiting this Arizona gem this year. Well, lucky for us, the Grand Canyon is offering a wide range of virtual tours!
Among the tours included are a virtual hike on the Corridor trails and a virtual raft trip through the Grand Canyon! Now you can enjoy the beauty of this natural wonder without losing your breath. And the best part, it is all free.
So get your virtual gear ready and explore the Grand Canyon today at www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm.
Sea Life Park
For this park, let’s travel all the way to beautiful Hawaii.
Known for its grand variety of sea life and interactive tours, the Sea Life Park is located in the Island of Oahu. It is recognized as one of Hawaii’s top marine parks. It is the perfect place to learn about dolphins, sea lions, sharks, and lots and lots of fish.
And although its doors remain closed because of the global pandemic, its website is loaded with content that will make you feel like you’re there.
The park has added plenty of learning resources to educate us on marine animals, including lessons, activities, and even coloring pages. Additionally, Sea Life Park’s Youtube channel contains lots of videos that range from concert clips to swimming with dolphins. So grab a tropical iced tea and visit the park at www.sealifeparkhawaii.com
Remember that these are but a few of the many different parks you can virtually tour during this time. We know it has been a difficult year, and while we wait for things to return to normalcy, we invite you to tour these breathtaking places through the magic of cyberspace. You will not regret it, and it will prepare you for the day when you can safely take a trip.