Google brings Street View to the zoo

Google this week added several major zoos to its Street View and Maps services, allowing users to get up close and personal with exotic animals from around the world. The company announced the new features in a blog post published Wednesday, touting them as a way to see rare wildlife “right from your living room.”

Among the most notable additions are China’s Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding — home to more than 30 percent of the world’s endangered Giant Panda species — and the San Diego Zoo in California. Other US locations include zoos in Atlanta, Chicago, and Houston, in addition to several parks in Europe, Japan, and Southeast Asia. These zoos join a handful of other wildlife parks already available on Street View,…

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