Zoo Animal Field Trips

See animals from zoos and aquariums go on wild adventures.

Liko the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin mimics Chico the Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth’s upside-down pose at the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi.
Photograph courtesy of Texas State Aquarium, 3/24/2020

Visitors to zoos and aquariums are staying home right now to prevent coronavirus from spreading. While the human guests are away, some animals are stepping outside their enclosures to meet their wild neighbors or visit new places. Adventures like these are enrichment for the animals—a way to keep their brains and bodies active—and entertainment for people watching from home. Click through the gallery to see some super-cute animal meetups.

Carmen the Magellanic penguin meets Kayavak the beluga whale at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois.
Carmen the Magellanic penguin meets Kayavak the beluga whale at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois.
Photograph by © Shedd Aquarium / Alicia Atkins