These Melbourne Zoos Are Live-Streaming Their Cute Animals to Help Boost Your Mood
Watch snow leopard cubs, lions, giraffes and penguins as they go about their days
As Australians across the country adapt to a slew of changes introduced to slow the spread of COVID-19, many of us are getting really good at the whole social distancing thing. The virtual culture fix is sorted, the top-notch takeaway options are plentiful and we've even got one of the world's top chefs offering daily online cooking tutorials to see us through.
But, if you could also use a top-up of warm and fuzzy feels — stuck at home, or not — the good folks at Zoos Victoria have your back. They're now live streaming the daily antics of an assortment of adorable wildlife, from both Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo.
Instead of venturing out to the actual zoo, you can now get your cute animal fix from the comfort of home, by simply jumping online. But WFHers, be warned — these small-screen heartthrobs are pretty much guaranteed to steal hours of your time. You can tune in to watch Melbourne Zoo's three fluff-ball snow leopard cubs as they spend their days playing and exploring alongside mum Miska, or the giraffes being all leggy and graceful, munching leaves pretty much non-stop. Keep an eye out here for some humans of the species zookeeper, too, offering a bit of entertainment of their own.
You can also prepare to be charmed by the penguins splashing in and out of their pool, especially old mate Ed the Fiordland penguin, who's apparently quite partial to being in the spotlight. All of these cuties seem to love a good close-up. And over at Werribee Open Range Zoo, it's the lions on show, alternating between roaming their enclosure and getting in some serious sunbaking time.
The zoos themselves have had to implement a few changes based on government advice in the wake of COVID-19, so while opening hours remain 9am to 5pm, at the moment, visitor numbers are now capped at 2000 per day and each person will need to pre-book a ticket online before they come. Although, with the situation evolving every day, make sure you check the Zoos Victoria website before planning a visit.
Published on March 20, 2020 by Libby Curran