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Published April 25th 2020
Enjoy Victoria's zoos from home with these live streams
Did you know you can watch the animals at Victoria's zoos live, from your own home? You can, thanks to the zoo's Animals at Home program (previously called Animal House). This initiative sees 24/7 live-streams of animals run from Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo, with special appearances from the animals at Healesville Sanctuary too. They're all hosted on the Zoos Victoria website.
There are currently five permanent live-streams (the sixth is temporarily down) and a highlight is the snow leopards. Three cubs were born on Australia Day 2020 and thanks to the live-streams we'll be able to watch them grow up (the zoo doesn't even know what sex they are yet!)
The snow leopards aren't the stream I watch the most though. That title goes to the penguins, as they're both fun to watch and more reliably visible (the Animals at Home live-streams don't show full enclosures and the animals can sometimes be elsewhere). The penguins are conveniently fed and weighed right in front of the camera and I've found they're sometimes given fun things to occupy them there as well, like a sprinkler.
As for the other live-streams, I've found the lions are hard to even find in their enclosure, but when I have caught them being active I do tune in for a while (they're most active around feeding time, which Zoos Victoria has started to list for all the animals). The zebras and giraffes are the most boring for me. You can pretty much always see them, but they do little more than stand around. Sometimes the zebras visit the giraffes though and the giraffe live-stream is also where the viral video of the dancing zookeeper came from, so perhaps check it out just in case.
Recently, Zoos Victoria has arranged for Keeper Talks to be put up every week. They've also put up the names of the individual animals in many streams, while more and more recordings from Healesville Sanctuary are appearing. In all, it looks like the program is constantly evolving and only getting better. If you like what you see, I recommend checking out Taronga TV too, which features streams from Taronga Zoo and Dubbo Western Plains Zoo in NSW (borders aren't an issue when live-streaming).