While the coronavirus the pandemic has forced most zoos and animal conservation sites to close temporarily, there are still plenty of ways to keep an eye out for the adorable animals and breathtaking nature with live webcams of animals from around the world.
Why do we love to watch all this cuteness of the wildlife even when we’re stuck at home? “Studies by neuroscientists have shown that looking at cute things can improve mood and focus,” says Tracy Bagatelle-Black, MA, a partner marriage and family therapist. So don’t feel too guilty if you take a break from home school or home work to watch baby goats. Also, you can make it a learning experience to teach your kids about nature from the comfort of your home.
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In no particular order, these are the 25 best live animal webcams this will definitely add a smile or feeling of wonder at your day:
1. Warrior Canine Connection Puppy Camera
One word: puppies. Another word, these are the future assistance dogs in the puppy playroom at Canine Warrior Connection, a Maryland nonprofit that supports wounded veterans.
2. Kitten Rescue Los Angeles Kitten Cam
Puppies are adorably cute, but many cat lovers would say the Kitten Rescue Los Angeles kitten cam is the epitome of cuteness overload.
3. Lion Cam of the Smithsonian National Zoo and the Institute for Conservation Biology
4. Bald Eagle Cam Channel Islands National Park
Soar with nesting bald eagles! This live camera overlooks the cozy nest of a family of bald eagles on Santa Cruz Island. Jak and Audacity have been using this nest since 2013/14. In 2020, they laid the 2/21, 2/29, 3/4 and 3/7, but all broke shortly after being laid. Keep an eye out for another breeding attempt in the next week or two.
5. Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo Snow Leopard Cam
As if bald eagles weren’t exotic enough! Check out the live stream of these absolutely gorgeous babies snow Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo leopards. The zoo is home to two snow leopards, Miska and Kang Ju, who are part of an international breeding program to help preserve the species. Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo baby snow leopards
6. Edinburgh Zoo Panda Cam
Who doesn’t love giant pandas? If this is you, don’t tell us, just keep scrolling for more animal cuteness! Everyone is looking at the ever popular Edinburgh Zoos camera capturing the antics of Yang Guang, the zoo’s 7-year-old male panda. Click on the zoo website to see the pandas.
7. Smithsonian National Zoo Panda Camera
You don’t have to cross the pond to see pandas, the Smithsonian National Zoo has not one, but two panda cameras for a full panda-riffic experience. Click here to watch the giant pandas at the National Zoo.
8. Kansas City Zoo Penguin Camera
If I watch the rockhopper penguins roaming the Shedd Aquarium, with no visitors (which unfortunately doesn’t have a live penguin cam) has left you wanting more, take a look at this busy Kansas City penguin adult cam sites. It will remind you of the pre-coronavirus hustle and bustle of walking around the city.
9. Chesapeake Conservancy Osprey Cam
Meet Tom and Audrey, a pair of ospreys who return to nest each year at “The Crazy Osprey Family” home on Kent Island off the east coast of Maryland. Audrey returned on March 20, 2020 and Tom is expected to arrive at any time.
10. Jelly Cam for Monterey Bay Aquarium
Talk about appeasement? After a hard day working from home (or just watching the news), listen live to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Jelly Cam where you can watch the sea nettles drift and jog in the brackish water. If that doesn’t get you relaxed faster than Roku’s aquatic life screen, check out sharks, sea otters, and eight other cameras live from the Northern California Aquarium.
11. Audubon Rowe Shrine Crane Camera
From late February to early April, more than 600,000 sandhill cranes stop over in the Platte River Valley in central Nebraska before resuming their northward migration. “People can now see the cranes from anywhere in the world,” said Bill Taddicken, director of Rowe Shrine in Audubon. Want to get even closer, try spending the night in one of the rustic places in the sanctuary night photo blinds nestled near the main gites.
12. Georgia Aquarium Puffin Cam
Need to brighten up your day? Discover the shiny beaks of these diving seabirds. Click here to watch the Georgia Aquarium Puffin Live Cam.
13. Smithsonian National Zoo Naked Mole Rat Camera
File this one under things you can’t ignore, Smithsonian National Zoo Naked Mole Rat Camera. You are welcome. Click here to watch the naked mole rat live webcam.
14. Smithsonian National Zoo Asian Elephant Camera
Meet Spike, Ambika, Shanthi, Bozie, Kamala, Swarna and Maharani, the Smithsonian National Zoo Asian elephants and watch them frolic inside the Elephant Community Center and outside in their yard. Click here to watch the live Asian Elephant webcam.
15. Baby Goat Live Stream
If your own kids are driving you crazy, check out these adorable baby goats, also known as the kids on the Goat Milk Stuff Baby Goat Live Stream. The Scottburg, Indiana farm family raises baby goats and uses extra milk to make soap, cheese, candles, and other products.
And here another live baby goat in case you can’t get enough. This one comes from the Beekman 1802 Farm in Sharon Springs, New York.
16. Africam Naledi Cat Eye Cam
Visit a secluded waterhole in Africa (from the comfort of your sofa) and learn about Africa’s Big Five: the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. This camera is installed at the eye level of a leopard to give a unique view of the scale of the animals that frequent the water point.
17. Studio City, California Hummingbird Feeder
If you’ve never seen a hummingbird up close and personal, take a look at this live camera in the yard. Amateur operator says she has been feeding hummers in her backyard for eight years!
18. Koala Cam at the San Diego Zoo
Spoiler alert: koalas are not bears! They may look cute and cuddly (just watch this camera live!) But they are actually marsupials, think kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and possums. Take a bamboo stick, sit back and watch these guys (and girls) frolic in the Southern California sun. Click here to watch the koala’s live webcam.
19. Hattiesburg Zoo Lazy Camera
Don’t tell Kristen Bell that the Hattiesburg Zoo has a lazy camera! (Remember her lazy birthday collapseEven if your love of sloths is four steps below Kristen Bell’s, it’s worth checking out Chewy, Mo, and Maple after sunset (sloths are nocturnal) to see them at their most active (this which, for a lazy person, is still very slow). Click here to watch the Lazy live webcam.
20. Animal Adventure Giraffe Cam
Giraffes, rhinos and more! Enjoy this live view of the African plains habitat that comes to you from the Kijamii Overlook at San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Click here to watch the giraffe live.
21. Live camera for hedgehog and bird feeder
22. Houston Zoo Rhino Camera
What’s going on in the rhino yard at the Houston Zoo right now? The zoo’s animal camera is live from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CT. Click here to watch the live rhino webcam.
23. Live feed of Romanian fauna
Foxes, wild boars and deer, oh! La la! Experience this incredible wildlife food live from one of the most beautiful places I have had the chance to see in person, Transylvania, Romania.
24. Live Shark Feeding at Monterey Bay Aquarium
If you can’t wait for shark week, here’s a shark feed.
25. St. Augustine’s Alligator Farm Zoological Park
This live camera overlooks the St. Augustine, Florida swamp where native herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills, and wood storks seek the safety of the marsh to roost and raise their young. Keep an eye out for alligators basking in the sun and tune in to the feeding demonstrations at noon and 3 p.m. ET.
Rachel Weingarten is a beauty, smart shopping and lifestyle expert, beauty historian, brand and content strategist and creator, and the award-winning author of three non-fiction books, including Ancient prayer. Rachel blogs at Rachelsfaves.com She is also the co-founder of the national 501 (3) (c) national non-profit RWR network.