Us at the Zoo – Celebrating 10 Years of YouTube


Ten years ago, on April 23rd, 2005, a video was uploaded to YouTube.

This wasn’t just any video, no – this was the very first piece of content to ever exist on the site. The video was uploaded by one of YouTube’s co-founders, Jawed Karim, titled Me at the zoo. This simple 18-second video was shot at the San Diego Zoo in front of some elephants. Little did Jawed know that his video would soon become famously known as the first ever video to exist on the world’s most popular online video platform.

YouTube is now used by more than 1 billion users every month, with 300 hours of content being uploaded every minute of every day. The site has become a place to share memories and captivate audiences, to start trends and inspire masses, to connect with populations all across the globe.

To honor and celebrate 10 years of creation, we organized a little video of our own.

A month ago, we asked you, the YouTube community, to submit your own zoo videos. The requirements were simple, much like Jawed’s video: film yourself at the zoo with some elephants! If you couldn’t make it to the zoo, that’s totally fine, all we asked was that you get creative with it.

And man, did you deliver.

Featuring over 100 of you, we’re proud of what our video represents: a united community of people who all share the same love for making online video.

Thank you to everyone who participated by sending us a clip, and to everyone else for being a part of the first decade in YouTube history! A special thanks to Josh Woodward, who composed and performed an original track for us to use in this project, titled “Show Me”.

We’re incredibly excited to see where the next 10 years will take us!