Denver Zoo launches Zoo to You: Virtual Safari in coronavirus closure

Denver Zoo is keeping its visitors entertained and engaged during social distancing with the Zoo to You: Virtual Safari. The attraction is offering daily videos and wildlife-themed activity ideas during COVID-19.

Denver Zoo is temporarily closed amid the global pandemic, but the animal care staff is still providing vital care for the zoo’s 3,000 residents.

Zoo to You: Virtual Safari is a new online resource, updated daily with videos, facts about animals, and family-friendly activities to do at home.

Zookeepers have already shared a behind-the-scenes look at the greater one-horned rhino calf, who was born in February.

New online resource from Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo wants to make the baby rhino’s habitat safe for her, and is also asking visitors what they would do if they had to baby rhino-proof their bedrooms.

The design challenge involves using a cardboard box or piece of paper to make a model of your room, altering it to make it safe for a baby rhino.

In addition, the zoo is offering ‘giraffe yoga’, encouraging visitors to ‘stretch as tall as you can’ and ‘make up your own giraffe yoga pose’.

Meanwhile, visitors are invited to go outside, pick a spot and close their eyes for a ‘backyard bird count’, where they check out the different kinds of birds.

Videos, animal facts, and family-friendly activities

Denver Zoo has also come up with 20 easy nature play ideas to keep children happy and healthy, including hiking, rolling down hills, climbing trees, and building a fort.

Additionally, visitors can take part in the zoo’s Colorado Corridors Project by identifying local wildlife in photos captured by remote cameras.

Denver Zoo is asking for emergency donations to help offset the cost of caring for its animals during the temporary closure. Click here to donate.