There is a lot of great video out there being made by government operations, at all levels of government. However, some organizations simply have more photogenic possibilities than others, and zoos top that list. Who doesn't enjoy a video of a cute baby animal?
The web channel we're saluting for the week of Oct. 18, 2013, is the Smithsonian National Zoo's YouTube channel. For more than two weeks, the zoo's own panda cam and frequent YouTube uploads stopped, disappointing millions of viewers around the world. Now that the federal government is back to work, the National Zoo has switched its cameras back on and resumed posting videos to its YouTube channel. The first video it posted was a short laugh-out-loud clip of the zoo's adorable panda cub being examined.
Of course, the zoo is not only about panda cubs and other baby animals. It does wonderful conservation work both at home and around the world, as shown in recent videos about primates in Peru and the artificial insemination and eventual birth of an endangered Przewalski's horse. (That's pronounced sha-VOLL-ski, by the way.) Although the quality of the videos can range from low-fi cellphone shots to professionally produced segments, all of them take us to interesting places and show us interesting subjects.
For its work to save endangered species and conduct research into biodiversity -- and show us squealing panda cubs -- Government Video salutes the Smithsonian National Zoo's YouTube channel.