Zoos across the country are closing their doors for the time being to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. Did you know that zoos do a whole lot more than provide you with a safe way to see your favorite animals up close?
Zoos play an essential role in conservation efforts. Take time off your busy schedule to learn how zoos practice conservation efforts, how For Elephants is helping zoos elephant conservation and five live streams you can enjoy!
There are three parts of conservation that zoos do - practice, advocacy and research.
Zoos practice conservation by species reintroduction programs and funding conservation programs in the wild. By promoting awareness, public engagement and running events, they are promoting conservation advocacy. Zoos research to study animal behaviors, population dynamics, health and welfare.
Not only do they give endangered species a safe home, but they also help in the breeding populations. Some zoos are a part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’s Species Survival Plan Program.
This program allows species to keep self-sustain populations that are both genetically diverse and demographically stable.
For Elephants, Inc. doesn’t just help animals in the wild, but also zoos across the United States. Our nonprofit organization understands that elephants in zoos are one of the most beloved animals.
However, we have also noticed that these beautiful animals are not self-sustaining in zoos. There are more zoo elephant deaths than births. (three births vs. five deaths annually) If numbers like this continue, elephants could face “captive extinction” in U.S. zoos.
Our highest priority is understanding the causes of morbidity, mortality and poor reproductive performance. Dr. Morfeld, For Elephants, Inc. founder, has discovered that there are two factors to cows (female elephants) not cycling in zoos: body conditions and mental and physical engagement.
She is working with zoos across the United States to become more enriching environments for elephant conservation and self-sustaining efforts.
Zoo Live Streams You Can Watch
A great way to help zoos continue conservation programs is by visiting them. Since we are currently social distancing, you can help zoos by continuing your memberships. Or you can check out these zoo live streams to see the animals zoos are helping.
The Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has a “Zoo From Home” page on their website. This zoo uploads interactive videos and activities that the whole family can do together. They have separate activities available for different age groups like pre-k to 5th grade or 6th to 12th grade.
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo has a live stream where you can see the cutest giant pandas. Their names are Tian Tian and Mei Xiang. There are two camera angles to choose from to see them in action climbing or munching better.
You can ease your cabin fever by watching San Diego Zoo’s live cameras of polar bears, koalas, pandas, elephants and other animals. You and your family can enjoy a trip to California without leaving your home.
Have you always wanted to see Australia’s rocky coral reefs? Now you can! The Nature Conservancy Australia has underwater and above water webcams where you can see reefs in live-action.
The Reid Park Zoo in Phoenix, Arizona, is bringing the zoo to you. They have animal blogs, videos and zoo cameras you can enjoy from your living room, kitchen or home office. Currently, the zoo has elephants, giraffes, grizzly bears, lemurs and lions cameras to watch.
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