Virtual Zoo Tour For Kids - World Wildlife Day

With World Wildlife Day approaching on March 3, planning a virtual zoo tour is the perfect idea to get your little ones excited. Here is our list of top virtual zoo tours for kids in India.

By Dr Shyam Kumar  • 5 min read

Virtual Zoo Tour For Kids - World Wildlife Day

With the pandemic situation easing up a bit, you may be yearning to travel with your family — perhaps to an exotic location or just the wilderness. And, with playgrounds, beaches, parks and zoos out of bounds for a major part of last year, your kids have certainly been missing the outdoors, right?

But wait. Your kids may not have to miss their zoo trip after all! You can take them on a virtual tour!

Virtual zoo tour for kids

Due to lower footfalls, many zoos in India are going virtual. Which means, the zoo is coming to your home right on your screen.

The kids can watch their favourite animals anytime thanks to live cam streaming straight from the zoo habitat. Some zoos are even posting daily video updates on YouTube and other social media.

So, why not go ahead and plan a virtual zoo tour for them? To make your task easy, we have compiled an up-to-date list of virtual zoo tours for kids across India.

But before you check out our list, don’t you want to know why kids love visiting the zoo?

Reasons kids love visiting the zoo

Virtual Zoo Tour For Kids - World Wildlife Day
  • Animals, of course — Whether it be listening to stories about them or simply watching their antics at the zoo or in a wildlife sanctuary, or watching their videos, children love everything about animals.
  • A jungle feel — Nowadays, zoos are trying to re-create the animals’ habitat as closely as possible. The new sights, sounds, smells and adventurous feel of the zoo surroundings is exciting for kids.
  • Hands-on learning experience — Seeing the animals up close, hearing their noises, observing how they feed and move around, are all new experiences for little ones. It helps them learn and remember facts about the animals and birds they see.
  • Fun time — Most importantly, a visit to the zoo is a day filled with food, fun and adventure for kids; it promises to be a memorable time spent with parents and siblings.

Virtual zoo tours in India

Now that you know why kids get all excited about a zoo visit, let’s make things adventurous by sending them off on a virtual zoo tour.

Here is our list of prominent zoos in India that will offer your kids a virtual field trip through their facility.

1. Arignar Anna Zoological Park (Vandalur Zoo)

Virtual Zoo Tour For Kids - World Wildlife Day

Location: Chennai

Website for virtual zoo tour: www.aazp.in

YouTube: Vandalur Zoo - Arignar Anna Zoological Park

What your child will love the most

  • Live streaming of a variety of wild animals straight from their habitat
  • Informational videos about the animals in the Chennai zoo
  • Tales about tigers, sloth bear, elephants and more on their official YouTube channel

Popular exhibits: Lion, white tiger, Bengal tiger, leopard, chimpanzee, hornbill, hippopotamus, crocodile, Indian gaur, elephant, king cobra and rhinoceros

2. Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park (Patna Zoo)

Virtual Zoo Tour For Kids - World Wildlife Day

Location: Patna

Website for virtual zoo tour - www.zoopatna.com

YouTube: DEFCC Official

What your child will love the most

  • Impressive gallery featuring images of various mammals, birds and fishes in the Patna Zoo
  • Informative videos on behaviour, habitat and food habits of animals and birds
  • Baby Animals Guide series on the Patna Zoo YouTube channel

Popular exhibits: Lion, tiger, leopard, chimpanzee, giraffe, zebra, hippopotamus, rhinoceros

3. Alipore Zoological Gardens (Kolkata Zoo)

Virtual Zoo Tour For Kids - World Wildlife Day

Location: Kolkata

Website for virtual zoo tour: kolkatazoo.in

Search in Play Store: e Zoo Kolkata

What your child will love the most

  • Exclusive mobile app to support the virtual zoo experience
  • Daily videos of mammals, birds and reptiles
  • Panoramic images giving a 360-degree view of the zoo surroundings

Popular exhibits: Kangaroo, lemur, anaconda, chimpanzee, white tiger, zebra, giraffe, hornbill

4. Nandankanan Zoological Park

Virtual Zoo Tour For Kids - World Wildlife Day

Location: Bhubaneswar

Website for virtual zoo tour: www.nandankanan.org

What your child will love the most

  • Amazing 360-degree virtual tour of the zoological park and botanical garden which is simply the best in the country
  • The experience of visiting every nook and corner of the zoo right from the living room
  • High resolution videos of animals, reptiles and fishes
  • Walk-through aviary, nocturnal house and lion safari

Popular exhibits: White tiger, leopard, Asiatic lion, giraffe, pangolin

5. Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden (Lucknow Zoo)

Virtual Zoo Tour For Kids - World Wildlife Day

Location: Lucknow

Website for virtual zoo tour - www.lucknowzoo.com

Search in Play Store: Lucknow Zoo - Official App

YouTube - Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Parni Udyan

What your child will love the most

  • Obviously, the virtual reality (VR) videos which will allow him to encounter the wild animals up close
  • The immersive virtual reality experience of being inside the tiger’s cage

Popular exhibits: Hoolock gibbon, white tiger, lion, wolf, Himalayan bear, hyena

Post-tour activities for your child

Zoos play an important role in helping kids learn about wild animals and the importance of wildlife conservation. With World Wildlife Day approaching on March 3, planning a virtual zoo tour is the perfect idea to get your little ones excited.

To add to the fun, you can line up a variety of post-tour activities for your kids which will help enrich their knowledge about wild animals and birds. Some of these learning activities and programs are:

  • Animal-related craft workshops
  • Making a jungle-themed scrapbook
  • Storytime or singing sessions
  • Participating in wildlife contests
  • Learning about wildlife photography
  • Adopting a wild animal 

Taking your child on a virtual zoo tour is the perfect opportunity to engage your child in conversations about nature and wildlife. What’s more, it helps your child appreciate animals and develop compassion for them, which will eventually turn her into a better human being. And isn’t that what we want for our kids?

About the author:

Written by Dr Shyam Kumar on 27 January 2021

The author holds a degree in Homoeopathy with an MBA in Hospital Management and has worked across multiple disciplines including healthcare and technology. As a nature lover, he attended the world's first underwater CEO's conference to combat marine pollution.

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