Virtual Classroom Chats

Are you ready to explore the animal kingdom from the comfort of your classroom? Our zoo web chats connect your class with our knowledgeable animal care staff and allow your students to ask all their burning questions about their favorite animals.

During the chats, you’ll have the opportunity to see and learn about a variety of species, from the majestic Amur tigers and graceful giraffes to colorful amphibians and fascinating birds. Our animal care specialists will provide insights into the behaviors, habits and characteristics of these intriguing animals and share their own personal experiences working with them. But that’s not all! In addition to learning about the animals, you’ll also have the chance to see them up close and personal through live video feeds from areas of their habitats most guests don’t get to see. This is a truly immersive experience that your students won’t forget. Join us for our virtual zoo web chats and discover the magic of the animal kingdom at the Detroit Zoo.

Halloween Animals – Merry not Scary “Live”
OCT. 11 | 11 a.m.

Oct. 11 — Merry Not Scary: Are you batty for bats?Join us as we learn about the amazing adaptations of these misunderstood animals and build empathy for some of the other unique and often underappreciated animals that make Halloween special.

Animal Classifications – Birds
NOV. 8 | 11 a.m.

Nov. 8 — What makes a bird a bird?: Join us for a virtual Zoo chat about birds! Learn about the unique characteristics and habitats of some of the birds who call the Zoo home and the conservation efforts to protect them. Plus, get a chance to ask our expert animal care specialists any burning questions you may have about what makes a bird a bird.

DEC. 13 | 11 a.m.

Dec. 13 — How do animals adapt to the cold? Burr! Join us for a virtual chat about penguins and other animals who call cold ecoregions home! Learn about some of the different types of animals who live at the Zoo and are uniquely adapted to live in cold environments. We will also discover the challenges these animals face in the wild and what you can do to help protect them.

JAN. 10 | 11 a.m.

Jan. 10 — What is a food chain/web?: Join us for a virtual classroom chat on predator-prey relationships, featuring the iconic, interwoven connection between lions and zebras, and wolves and bison. Discover how each animal has adapted for survival in the wild and the importance of balance in sustaining these ecosystems.

Biodiversity – trees
FEB. 14 | 11 a.m.

Feb. 14 — What lives in that tree?: Dive into the captivating world of biodiversity within a single tree during our virtual classroom chat. Explore the hidden universe thriving within these living giants — from insects to birds — and discover the interconnected web of life that unfolds in even the tiniest nooks and crannies.

Adaptations – Africa
MAR. 13 | 11 a.m.

March 13 — What adaptations do animals need to live in Africa?: Join our virtual classroom chat to explore the remarkable world of African animal adaptations, with a special focus on three unique Zoo residents, including the elegant giraffe. Learn how these towering creatures have evolved to thrive in their environment and discover the fascinating secrets behind their long necks and distinctive spots.

Animal Classifications – Mammals
APR. 10 | 11 a.m.

April 10 — What is a mammal?: Dive into the world of animal classification in our virtual classroom chat, where we’ll highlight mammals and tackle the intriguing question: “What makes a mammal a mammal?” Explore the defining characteristics of this diverse animal group — from furry friends to underwater wonders — and uncover the secrets of their shared evolutionary history.

MAY 8 | 11 a.m.

May 8 — What does it mean to be endangered?: This virtual classroom chat shines a light on endangered species, with a special focus on three Zoo residents, including the captivating Panamanian golden frog. Delve into the world of conservation, learn about the challenges these incredible amphibians face and discover what we can do to protect their fragile existence.

Biodiversity – North America
JUN. 12 | 11 a.m.

June 12 — What does biodiversity mean to you?: Embark on a journey through the rich biodiversity of North America, with a spotlight on the majestic grizzly bear. Explore unique ecosystems and wildlife and discover the vital role these powerful creatures play in our continent’s natural balance..