See the African elephant barn and its inhabitants first-hand—all from your computer!

Elephants are some of our favorite animals to see at the zoo, but what if we told you there was an even better way to see them up-close?

No, we're not pulling your trunk. To accommodate all of us in quarantine, the Maryland Zoo is offering quite the treat: virtual behind-the-scenes tours! All May long, join the zoo's staff for an exclusive look into the recently renovated African elephant barn, complete with appearances from the larger-than-life creatures themselves. All you'll need is your computer and the Zoom app!

These informative sessions provide a rare glimpse into the world of elephant care and conservation. The tours are brief—around 20-30 minutes—but they'll be jam-packed with cool things to see and learn. A Q&A session will give you the chance to ask the staff members about the elephants and their habitat. Nothing beats hearing from the experts, and the team will give you the insider scoop on the ins and outs of elephant care.

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Courtesy of The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Interested? Here are a few things to know ahead of time:

  • Tours are limited to 15 Zoom groups each
  • You must be at least 18 years old to make a reservation
  • Tours start right on schedule and won't be accessible once they've started, so be on time! (you won't want to miss a single minute of it!)
  • Tickets are final sale

Tours are likely to fill up fast, so we recommend reserving your spot as soon as possible. This is a unique opportunity animal-lovers will want to take advantage of!

Virtual Behind the Scenes tours are offered Thursdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m. sharp. Admission is $80 per device. You can find out more here.

While you're there, don't forget to check out some of the zoo's animal webcams live-streamed every day. Get your daily dose of cuteness with footage of goats, lions, trumpeter swans Scuttle and Buttercup, and more!

Are you interested in the Maryland Zoo's virtual tours? What are some virtual tours you've participated in recently? Let us know in the comments!