Lions, tigers, & bears, oh my! The Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium go virtual

Posted On Fri, April 17, 2020 By

Posted On Fri, April 17, 2020 By In Bronx, City Living

Screenshot of feeding time at the aquatic bird house via Bronx Zoo

Looking for a new show to stream? The Wildlife Conservation Society is bringing animals of the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium to your living room through live cams, as Gothamist first spotted. Check in with your favorite creatures, from lemurs and little blue penguins to sharks and giant octopi.

Inside the aquatic birdhouse, enjoy the little blue penguin exhibit. The adorable birds, considered to be one of the smallest penguin species in the world, grow to be just 13 inches tall and weigh three pounds.

In the zoo’s Madagascar! exhibit, expect to see ring-tailed lemurs jumping around, as well as Coquerel’s Sifaka, the red-ruffed lemur, and the occasional tortoise.

And you don’t have to miss the best part of visiting the zoo: feeding time. Bronx Zoo staff feed the sea lions on Astor Court daily at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and the penguins at the aquatic birdhouse at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. each day.

The sharks and many fish of the New York Aquarium in Brooklyn are keeping busy. Check out the live-stream of the “Ocean Wonders: Sharks!” exhibit to watch some soothing swimming of 18 different types of sharks and rays, as well as over 115 marine species. The aquarium’s “Spineless” exhibit features an up-close look at the invertebrates of the ocean, including the Japanese Spider Crab, Lagoon Jellies, Pacific Sea Nettles, and the Giant Pacific Octopus.

According to the WCS, the nation’s zoos, aquariums, and museums are losing $33 million per day from closures related to the coronavirus pandemic. Find out how to support your local New York organizations here.

[Via Gothamist]

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