Coronavirus: Cincinnati Zoo offers Home Safari Facebook Live for kids home from school

CINCINNATI — With children home from school because of mandatory closures in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, parents are scrambling to find ways to keep their kids entertained.

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens may have a solution for children already experiencing cabin fever.

The zoo announced Sunday it plans to livestream several animals and exhibits beginning Monday at 3 p.m., WKYC reported. The streams are held weekdays beginning at 3 p.m., zoo officials said.

On Saturday, the zoo featured two red panas. Viewers could ask the trainers questions in the comments

It’s going to be pandemonium today during our Home Safari as we introduce you to some of our amazing red pandas. Listen closely because after the video you can click here to take a red panda quiz - http://cincinnatizoo.org/home-safari-resources/ If you’re enjoying these Home Safaris, please consider making a small donation. We rely on ticket revenue, so being closed has a big impact on Zoo operations. Your support makes a difference now more than ever. Thank you!

Posted by Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The zoo kickstarted the program on Monday with one of their most famous animals, Fiona the hippo. Fiona rose to fame when she was born prematurely and the zoo chronicled her recovery on its Facebook page.

We’re live at Hippo Cove for our first Home Safari with everyone’s favorite hippo, Fiona! Pay close attention! You’ll find the answers to this fun quiz throughout the video: https://form.jotform.com/200726237919156. Complete the quiz to be entered to win four tickets to the Cincinnati Zoo to visit once we’ve reopened! Join us each day at 3pm EDT as we highlight different animals that call the Cincinnati Zoo home.

Posted by Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden on Monday, March 16, 2020

Bob D’Angelo, CMG National Content Desk, contributed to this report.

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