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    Fancy seeing a tiger up close and personal! It may not be impossible with these virtual zoo tour for kids

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    Written by Dr Shyam Kumar and published on 07 June 2021.

    Have your kids been missing the outdoors? Treat them with a trip to the zoo. Confused? Just plan a virtual zoo tour, which is the perfect idea to get your little ones excited. Here is our list of top virtual zoo tours for kids in India

    Fancy seeing a tiger up close and personal! It may not be impossible with these virtual zoo tour for kids

    After staying cooped indoors for a long period, chances are 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. This means the zoo is coming to your home right on your screen.

    The kids can watch their favorite animals anytime thanks to a 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

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    • To watch various animals: 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.
    • To get a feel of the jungle: 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.
    • To get a 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.
    • To have a 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)

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    Location: Chennai

    Website for virtual zoo tour: www.aazp.in

    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)

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    Location: Patna

    Website for virtual zoo tour - www.zoopatna.com

    What your child will love the most 

    • Impressive gallery featuring images of various mammals, birds and fish in the Patna Zoo
    • Informative videos on behavior, 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)

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    Location: Kolkata

    Website for virtual zoo tour: kolkatazoo.in

    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

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    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 fish
    • 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)

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    Location: Lucknow

    Website for virtual zoo tour - www.lucknowzoo.com

    Search in Play Store: Lucknow Zoo - Official App

    What your child will love the most 

    • The virtual reality (VR) videos that allow him to encounter the wild animals up close
    • The immersive virtual reality experience of being inside a 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?

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