Google Street View Explores World Zoos, Animal Parks
Google Street View for the first time is taking online visitors into some of the world's most intriguing zoos and wildlife parks to see animals through its detailed photographs.Google has been taking its 360-degree, high-quality Street View cameras into some of the world's most spectacular zoos and wildlife parks in recent months so that online viewers can see a wide assortment of wild animals from around the world right on their own computers and mobile devices. "Animal-lovers, rejoice!" wrote Deanna Yick, the Street View program manager, in an Aug. 21 post on the Google Lat Long Blog. "If you enjoy watching wildlife, but find yourself stuck in the urban jungle, never fear. You can now use Google Maps and Street View to preview the must-see spots at zoos around the world before heading there in person, or take a virtual trip to some of the most famous zoos and animal parks, right from your living room." Using Street View, online visitors can now see panda bears eating bamboo plants and tumbling around the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China, where more than 30 percent of this endangered species lives in a conservation and breeding facility, wrote Yick. The facility is also home for other animals, including the smaller red panda. The new Street View images also include other animal parks around the world, including the San Diego Zoo, as well as zoos in Houston, Atlanta and Chicago in North America, wrote Yick. "You can also explore the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico, and the Toronto Zoo and Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park in Ontario, Canada."
Newly added to the Street View animal and zoo image collections are the Buin Zoo in Chile and Zoologico de Bauru in Brazil, both in South America, wrote Yick. "And still more exotic animals await your virtual discovery on the other side of the globe. Check out tigers and kangaroos at the Shou Shan Zoo in Taiwan, polar bears and penguins at the Asahiyama Zoo in Japan, the world's largest captive colony of orangutans at the Singapore Zoo, and giraffes, chimpanzees and even Asian elephants at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia."