Zoos, animal shelters, and aquariums might be closed right now, but that doesn’t mean you and your children can’t get your cute animal fix. Plenty of organizations that care for animals have set up live streams so visitors can still check up on them from home.
We’ve put together a list of 27 of the best live animal cams to watch with your little ones. Whether you’re in the mood to explore a zoo, observe animals in their natural habitat, or even watch dogs at a senior animal sanctuary, there’s something here for everyone.
Zoos and Aquariums
Dublin Zoo: At the Dublin Zoo live cam, you can check out their elephant, penguin, and African savanna exhibits from the comfort of home.
San Diego Zoo: The San Diego Zoo runs tons of webcams, where you can see everything from baboons to koalas and even butterflies.
Melbourne Zoo: While they’re closed to in-person visits, the Melbourne Zoo is livestreaming its exhibit of snow leopard cubs.
Animal Adventure Park: The giraffe cam at New York City’s animal adventure park is running 24/7. It features April the Giraffe and her son, Tajiri.
Monterey Bay Aquarium: This jellyfish cam from the Monterey Bay Aquarium is both fascinating and relaxing to watch.
St. Augustine’s Alligator Farm Zoological Park: This live cam gives you a bird’s eye view of two creatures who call Florida home: alligators and spoonbills.
Smithsonian National Zoo: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Smithsonian National Zoo is offering live cams for many of their exhibits, including the lions, pandas, and hippos.
Beardsley Zoo: This zoo is offering a live feed of their red panda exhibit from 8:30AM – 6:00PM EST.
Howletts Live Animal Park: If you’ve ever wanted to see a lion cub up close, check out this lion exhibit live cam from Howletts Live Animal Park.
Hattiesburg Zoo: Sloths may be slow, but thanks to this livestream from Hattiesburg Zoo, you can watch the sloths Chewy, Mo, and Baby Maple for as long as you want.
Georgia Aquarium: For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, this aquarium is livestreaming many of their exhibits, such as the beluga whales and California sea lions.
The Aquarium of the Pacific: Thanks to this livestream from The Aquarium of the Pacific, you can check out a tropical reef exhibit that over 1,000 marine animals call home.
Farms, Animal Shelters, and Sanctuaries
Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary: Can old dogs learn new tricks? Find out at this incredibly adorable live cam from a sanctuary for elderly dogs in Tennessee.
Kentucky Equine Adoption Center: This rehabilitation center for horses who were victims of abuse, abandonment, or neglect features a live cam as the horses complete a retraining program and meet potential adopters.
Wolong Grove Natural Reserve: This serene livestream from a panda reserve in China’s Wolong Valley is a great opportunity to observe the bears.
Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center: Watch gorillas as they eat and socialize in one of two forest habitats at the GRACE Center in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Warrior Canine Connection: Check out this puppy playroom livestream from the Warrior Canine Connection, a shelter that uses animal therapy to help U.S. veterans heal after combat.
Kitten Rescue Sanctuary: This California animal shelter cares for kittens rescued from abusive or abandonment situations. You can watch a few of their playful residents on this live cam.
Beekman Goat Farm: This springtime live cam features baby goats from a milking farm in New York.
National Parks, Wildlife Cams, and Research Centers
Cumbria Wildlife Trust: Watch ospreys, red squirrels, garden birds, seals, and badgers up close with these live cams from an English wildlife trust.
Mpala Research Centre: This live cam provides viewers with a unique opportunity to watch savanna animals like monkeys, lions, and baboons in the wild.
Cornell Lab: These cameras from Cornell Lab are sure to delight both avid bird watchers and animal-loving children.
Decorah Trout Hatchery: Check out this live cam from the Decorah Trout Hatchery in Iowa, featuring a bald eagle nest.
International Wolf Center: These cameras from the International Wolf Center follow the current ambassador wolves (Denali, Boltz, Axel, and Grayson) as well as retired pack member Grizzler.
Hummingbird Feeder Cam: This bird feeder in Los Angeles gets hundreds of little hummingbird visitors every day, which you can watch through their YouTube livestream.
Owl Research Center: Through this livestream from Charlo, Montana, you can have a worm’s eye view of a great horned owl nest.
OrcaLab: At OrcaLab Base’s livestream, you can see the view from Blackney Pass—one of the most high-activity watching spots for orca whales.