We all know zoos are great places to visit, but right now we can't go, so many zoos and other animal organisations around the country are making home learning resources available online.
Lots of zoos are also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and are posting regular pictures and videos to see every day. Here are some to get you started: Monkey World, Bristol Zoo, Exmoor Zoo, Wild Zoological Park, Chester Zoo.
Monkey World have begun a home schooling primate course with videos and resources. It looks fantastic! https://monkeyworld.org/visit-the-centre/education/learning-resources/
Dudley Zoo: https://www.dudleyzoo.org.uk/discovery-learning/
Colchester Zoo: https://www.colchester-zoo.com/education/learning-resources/
Marwell Zoo: https://www.marwell.org.uk/education/free-resources/
Brockswood Animal Sanctuary: https://www.brockswood.org.uk/post/brockswood-lesson-raccoons
From the the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust: https://learningzone.wwt.org.uk/resources/before/
And they are also releasing home learning resources: https://www.wwt.org.uk/discover-wetlands/home-learning-and-family-fun
The Yorkshire Wildlife Park have loads of interesting videos to watch: https://www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com/ywp-tv/
Gentleshaw Wildlife Sanctuary have provided some resources all about different animals.
The UK Wild Otter Trust has come up with some learning resources, including a certificate you can print: http://www.ukwildottertrust.org/educational-materials/
Also check out the National Geographic Kids website: https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
ORCA (a charity helping whales, dolphins and porpoises in UK and European waters) are producing interactive lessons, activities and Q&A sessions. Just sign up at the following link:
If you use Facebook, the National Marine Aquarium will be posting craft and activity videos on their Facebook page. The first one is up with crafts using toilet rolls.
The RSPB has activities and games for learning at home.
Do you like your creatures a little smaller and with more legs? The Bug Club is for you!
VIRTUAL ZOO TRIP
You can go on a virtual zoo trip. If you hop onto Google Maps and head to Chester Zoo, London Zoo, Whipsnade Zoo, Yorkshire Wildlife Park or various other zoos in the UK and elsewhere in the world, you can use Street View to actually wander around the zoo. What animals can you spot?
Out to Lunch with Chris Packham
Chris Packham is live streaming from his garden in the New Forest every day at 12pm on the BBC Springwatch Facebook page.
WEBCAMS TO WATCH
Edinburgh Zoo have giant pandas, koalas, tigers and penguins to watch (if you time it right, you'll get to see the keepers cleaning out the panda enclosure, or feeding the penguins!)
Dudley Zoo have webcams watching their tigers and penguins. I have much more luck seeing the tigers on Dudley's webcam rather than Edinburgh's.
Newquay Zoo have a meerkat-cam which is always fun to watch.
Paignton Zoo let you watch their flamingos, macaques and meerkats.
Watch the Lions "lion" around at Folly Farm, in Wales.
At Dublin Zoo you can see penguins, elephants and a variety of animals in their African Savannah (including giraffe, rhino and zebra).
Watch the Penguin Cam at Living Coasts in Torquay.