LINCOLN PARK — The Lincoln Park Zoo is closed until March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but a new video series will allow people to stay connected with its wildlife.
The first installment of its “Stay Tuned to the Zoo” YouTube series premiered on Tuesday, giving viewers an educational look at the zoo’s giraffes.
The 10-minute clip features one of the park’s zookeepers, sharing fun facts about the giraffes, which are seen grazing in the background.
New episodes of the series will premiere every Tuesday and Thursday, featuring various exhibits and animals. Each episode will include activities that children can do at home to learn more about the animals’ behavior.
“Lincoln Park Zoo’s mission is to connect people with nature and we stay true to that, despite the unprecedented challenges the pandemic has presented,” Zoo Director Megan Ross said in a press release. “We are committed to ensuring Chicagoans can enjoy the zoo, free of charge, even if our gates are closed so we have created programming everyone can enjoy from the comfort of their homes.”
The zoo, located at 2001 N. Clark St., closed its doors on Monday and won’t reopen until March 4. Members will still be able to visit during its two members-only weekends on Jan. 9–10 and Feb. 27–28.
Other virtual initiatives rolled out by the Lincoln Park Zoo include Facebook livestreams from its various exhibits, which air every Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
More online events will be listed on the zoo’s website.
Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.
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