The tech giant Google announced that the Street View feature in its Maps service already provides the users with the possibility to “preview the must-see spots at zoos around the world”.
As of 21 August, images of the best and most famous zoos and animal parks have been included in Street View for “the animal-lovers to rejoice”.
Panda bears noshing on bamboo and tumbling around the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China; endangered animals like the smaller red panda; lions and tigers are just of the “virtual trip” which Google offers its users.
The update includes also a number of other animal parks around the world, like for example the world-renowned San Diego Zoo, those in Houston, Atlanta, and Chicago, the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico, the Toronto Zoo and Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park in Ontario, Canada.
In South America, Google added the Buin Zoo in Chile and Zoologico de Bauru in Brazil to its existing collection of global zoos and animal parks.
Images from the Shou Shan Zoo in Taiwan, the Asahiyama Zoo in Japan and the Singapore Zoo are also available.
In Europe, for example, the users will be able to see galleries of the Zoo Safari Park Stukenbrock, and Tierpark Hagenbeck in Germany.
The zoo and animal parks images can be accessed through the new views site.
The added feature also includes regular maps for the same zoos, making it easy for the users to plan their trip in advance.