Cosma’s Virtual Zoo

I’ve been updating the pages on Cosma related to nature for quite awhile. It’s been lots of fun, and I must confess that it probably took longer than it should have. That’s because there are a ridiculous number of great animal videos on YouTube — no surprise, the growing cache of 360° videos are particularly engaging. In fact, they are downright addictive.

For example, here are two 360° videos that pretty much require at least a second look.

There’s also nothing like being in the middle of a herd of elephants, and especially when one comes up, and not just looks at you, but snorts at you, in the face!

Then there’s the amusement of watching big cats playing with big cat toys.

On a more educational note, there are many high quality 360° videos that take you to exotic places and tell you a bit about the animals that live there. For example, here are two 360° videos from CBC’s Wild Canadian Year that introduce you to some grey seals and a polar bear named Bratatouille.

As you may have just noticed, videos where animals actually interact with the camera are particularly engaging, and the most entertaining videos of all are the ones where animals take over the 360° camera altogether.

Nice use of a tool, right! You see? Like I said, barrels o’ fun!

To share more of that fun, I’ve created a new page to serve as a sort of Virtual Zoo. When you visit it, you will see that there are more videos than I could reasonably share in a post. It also features this new demo of the “toy interface” that I’ve been playing around with using the 360° photo sharing service RoundMe.

Click the 360° image below to explore this Toy World, click the menu in the upper right for controls and click “i” buttons on/off for links to experiences. Use “portals” to visit other Toy Worlds.

You can also explore this on RoundMe.
If you have trouble seeing this on RoundMe, then try using an updated or different browser.

Here’s a list of the updated pages. If you happen to know any nature fans, please share. If you or your friends happen to be learning or teaching about such things, all the better!

Planet Earth
Sphere Land, Ice, Water (Ocean), Air, Life (Cell, Gene, Microscope)
Ecosystem Forest, Grassland, Desert, Arctic, Aquatic

Tree of Life
Plant Flower, Tree
Invertebrate Octopus, Ant, Bee, Butterfly, Spider, Lobster
Vertebrate Fish, Seahorse, Ray, Shark, Frog, Turtle, Tortoise, Dinosaur
Bird, Ostrich, Owl, Crow, Parrot
Mammal Bat, Rabbit, Giraffe, Camel, Horse, Elephant, Mammoth
Whale, Dolphin, Walrus, Seal, Polar Bear, Bear, Cat, Tiger, Lion, Dog, Wolf
Monkey, Chimpanzee, Human