Get ready for a virtual trip to Chester Zoo on Wednesday 16 March during British Science Week. Virtual zoo trips were a constant source of enjoyment during the lockdowns and were enjoyed by thousands who were unable to visit the zoo in person. Find out more from Chester Zoo about the plans for this exciting day here …
Chester Zoo is to broadcast a live virtual trip to the zoo to mark British Science Week.
The charity zoo – a world leader in conservation science – has unveiled a packed line up of online events ahead of its ‘Virtual Zoo Day British Science Week Special’ on Wednesday 16 March.
Streaming for free on the zoo’s Facebook page, the action will get underway from 9.30 am. Viewers can expect to get close to some of the incredible species that the zoo is home to, including the Eastern black rhinos, Southern cassowaries, Andean bears and Komodo dragons, finishing with a live Q&A with the zoo’s conservation education experts.
Ashleigh Marshall, Informal Education Assistant Team Manager at Chester Zoo, said:
“We’re really excited to be taking the zoo live into classrooms and homes all around the world and celebrating all things science! As well as seeing some extraordinary animals live on camera, viewers will hopefully learn a lot as our education experts are absolutely bursting with fascinating facts and rich information about the majestic species that viewers will see. Importantly, our ‘Virtual Zoo Day’ will highlight the incredible, innovative science that the zoo is leading on – science that really is saving species.
“We’ll be kicking things off by taking a look at how monitoring hormones in dung helps us to breed critically endangered Eastern black rhinos to prevent their extinction. Then, we’ll be heading over to meet the Southern cassowaries to see how brand new zoo research has discovered how these huge birds communicate, in ways that can’t be heard by humans!
“Next, we’ll be revealing the special monitoring techniques helping the elusive Andean bear in Bolivia, as well giving a little update on the two cubs that are here at the zoo.
“Finally, we’ll be showing how thermal imaging cameras help us to better understand Komodo dragons and the tireless work our conservationists are carrying out to protect their future, followed by a live Q&A with our experts.”