Friday, June 15, 2012

Bring the Zoo into Your Classroom: Awesome Live Animal Cams at The Columbus Zoo!

An Interactive Zoo Experience for your Students
bring the animals into your classroom - live!

Can't take a trip to the zoo, try bringing the zoo to you.  Nationwide Insurance and Jungle Jack Hanna have partnered with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium to let you see animals in real time.  They have live video cameras that you can control (scroll up, down, side to side, etc) to see the exhibit in real time.  I was amazed how cool this virtual experience was and instantly began thinking of ways to use this site with my students next year.  We do a non-fiction unit in second grade where each child selects an animal to study.  They publish and share their wonderful books with their friends, and I know this site will be a wonderful resource to dive into as they explore the animals in their habitats and learn interesting facts.  Currently, they have four live exhibits for your viewing pleasure: Alaskan Brown Bears, Discovery Reef Aquarium, Humboldt Penguins, and Australia and Islands Aviary.  

{click here to visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium}


  1. That is the coolest thing! Thanks for sharing. One more online resources to add to my list. Love it!

    The Teaching Thief

  2. You're welcome, Amanda. Thanks so much for the feedback. :)



  3. I do a virtual field trip to the National Zoo each year via the animal cams; this sounds awesome - we can't control the cameras in DC!


  4. Julie,

    Virtual field trips are so fun! Perhaps what the Columbus Zoo is doing will catch on... #hopeful.

    Thanks for the comment,


  5. Interesting! I am a wildlife lover and love to know the various things that make the wildlife closer to man.
    Zoo Management