Zoom With Alpacas Using These Free Heifer International Virtual Backgrounds

By Jason Woods

April 28, 2020

In This Article

  • Heifer International has 31 virtual backgrounds for you to use in your Zoom meetings.
  • You can choose from beautiful photos of scenery and animals from our project areas around the world.
  • All of Heifer's Zoom backgrounds are free to use.
  • Download them using the link below!

Whether you’re behind the curve or looking for something new, we’re here to help you step up your Zoom meeting game. We’ve got 31 unique Heifer International virtual backgrounds from around the world for you to use, and best of all, they’re free.

For a lot of people, life is being lived on video calls while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the software of choice in the United States seems to be Zoom. According to CNBC, the company rose to 200 million daily users in March, up from 10 million in December. 

As you may have noticed, anybody who’s anybody these days has a cool Zoom background. You’ve probably seen your pals Zooming from locales like the Millennium Falcon, the conference room from The Office or their favorite bar. Want to look like you’re taking the call from a Disney castle? No problem. Or maybe a haunted Japanese village? That’s doable. What about an empty Chili’s? Hey, why not?

But have any of your friends Zoomed in from a field of alpacas in Ecuador?

Alpacas roam in the highlands of Ecuador.

Or learned some secrets from a goat?

Heifer staffer Bethany Ivie made a virtual goat friend.

Or survived a giant chicken ambush?

Managing editor Austin Bailey is in quite the pickle.

With Heifer’s free virtual backgrounds, you can share your screen with a variety of animals or make your call from a papaya grove, a rice patty field or even Heifer International headquarters.

Heifer Zoom virtual backgrounds, for use at your leisure.

For those of you who haven’t tried it yet, here’s how to change your background image before your Zoom call:

Step 1: Select the image you want to use, and click on it. At the top-right of the page, click the “download” button and choose “direct download.” The image is now saved on your device.

Step 2: In your Zoom meeting, click the ^ arrow next to “start/stop video,” then click “choose a virtual background” and select your photo.

Zoom’s help center recommends using a green screen, although the virtual background should work as long as you have uniform lighting and a monochrome wall behind you.