The New York Aquarium has two live cams : one of which features their shark tank, a darkly-lit tank that has assorted fish as well as the ocean’s most dangerous predator, and their “spineless” cam, which features the invertebrates of the ocean like the humble and brilliant octopus, the Japanese Spider Crab, and Lagoon Jellies. California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium offers a stunning array of aquatic life.
The aquarium’s Ocean Voyager webcam, which shows off the inhabitants of the aquarium’s 6.3 million gallon tank, features four whale sharks, four manta rays, and a green sea turtle. The aquarium also offers a tropical diver Indo-Pacific reef live stream with a daily 10:30 a.m. dive show and 3 p.m. feeding, as well as a sea otter exhibit that features 11 a.m. training sessions.
In addition, the aquarium’s YouTube channel offers an abundance of footage of everything from the various aquarium Octopus as well as sea otter training, and some adorable videos of their rescued sea otter pup named Rialto. If land animals are more your thing, check out the abundance of livestreams, featuring friendly pandas, newborn apes, snuggling koalas, and more.
They have a sea lion pool (where they do daily feedings at 11 a.m. EDT and 3 p.m. EDT), the aquatic birdhouse, where ducks and penguins frolic, and a ‘Madagascar’ camera that shows the animals native to the remote island. But the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary doesn’t just feature everyone’s favorite marsupial: they also have free livestreams of bearded dragons, birds, dingoes, and the pantie, the fourth largest monitor lizard in the world.
(The pandas, Bad Run and Ciao Lieu, were recently repatriated to their homeland of China, but archival footage exists on the site.) The giant pandas, who don’t hibernate, are recorded year-long at any time of day, but in the warmer months, viewers can expect them to be in their climate-controlled, room-like habitats since they prefer cooler weather.
“Studies by neuroscientists have found evidence that staring at cute things can boost one’s mood and concentration,” says Tracy Bagatelle-Black, MA, an associate marriage and family therapist. So don’t feel too guilty if you take a break from homeschooling or working from home to stare at baby goats.
Another word, these are future service dogs in the puppy playroom at Warrior Canine Connection, a Maryland nonprofit organization supporting wounded veterans. This live cam overlooks the cozy nest of a bald eagle family on Santa Cruz Island.
After a hard day of working from home (or just watching the news), tune in to Monterey Bay Aquarium’s live Jelly Cam where you can watch sea nettles drift and pulse in the briny water. If that doesn’t lull you to relaxation faster than the Roku aquatic life screen, check out sharks, sea otters and eight other live cams from the northern California aquarium.
From late February to early April, over 600,000 sandhill cranes stop over in Central Nebraska’s Platte River valley before resuming their northward migration. “People can now see the cranes from anywhere in the world,” said Bill Addicted, director of Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary.
Want to get even closer, try spending the night in one of the sanctuary’s rustic overnight photo blinds nestled near major roosts. The farm family in Scott burg, Indiana, raises baby goats and uses extra milk to make soap, cheese, candles and other products.
If you’ve never seen a hummingbird up close and personal, check out this backyard live cam. Grab a stalk of bamboo, sit back and watch these guys (and gals) frolic in the Southern California sun.
Check out this amazing live wildlife feed from one of the more gorgeous places I’ve been fortunate to see in person, Transylvania, Romania. Keep an eye out for alligators basking in the sun and tune in for feeding demonstrations at noon and 3 p.m.
As we practice social distancing to protect ourselves and others from coronavirus, trips to zoos and aquariums are pretty much out of the question. In fact, many of them are closed to the public temporarily, so we couldn't visit them if we (unwisely) tried.
The Cincinnati Zoo announced Thursday that it would close temporarily to help curb the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. It did, however, introduce a new Facebook Live show, which will air every weekday at 3 p.m.
Each installment will also feature an accompanying at-home kids' activity, which you can peruse on the zoo's website. The San Diego Zoo website has live cams for nine animal habitats, from koalas to elephants to tigers to pandas.
The best panda cam around is a little less active than usual because volunteers aren't currently working at the zoo. This live camera, which you can watch on Explore.org, streams a room at the Kitten Rescue Sanctuary in Los Angeles.
This puppy cam (there are four streams, FYI) is hosted by Warrior Canine Connection, an organization that helps former service members reintegrating into civilian life train service dogs for fellow veterans. You'll spot plenty of colorful fish and the occasional shark on the National Aquarium's Blacktop Reef cam.
Katie Settle/stockpots With millions of Americans sheltering at home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, getting out and experiencing nature and wildlife almost seems like a distant dream, particularly for those living in urban centers. Zoos and aquariums around the country haven't missed a beat in addressing this challenge with many facilities around the country providing live-streaming videos of everything from pandas to baboons and koalas, allowing for peacefully watching animals from afar until it's possible to observe them in person (in the wild) once again.
Note: All the facilities featured in this story have been certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for working to preserve species globally and treating animals at the highest standards of care. The live stream options include apes, baboons, condors, elephants, koalas, pandas, penguins, polar bears, and tigers.
Dselbyatl/stockpots One of the most popular tourist attractions in Atlanta, the Georgia Aquarium offers a long list of webcams that allow for viewing its many marine animals and wildlife from afar. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is helping us all enjoy their inhabitants by hosting Home Safari Facebook Livestreams each weekday at 3 p.m.
By Caleb Fees (CC BY) The Houston Zoo offers seven different webcams including a unique leafcutter-ant cam. Each of the live cams operate for a specific time frame each day, so check the zoo's website to find out when your favorite animals can be viewed.
Two of these cute, cuddly animals, 16-year-old Romeo and 14-year-old Libby, can be observed climbing around an indoor tree habitat. Action (August 1/8) by Emma.Kate (CC BY-ND) AKU, a 2-year-old Pacific walrus, and Ginger, his 2-year-old female companion, spend most of their days at the Indianapolis Zoo swimming, though their routine also includes daily interactions with trainers.
The live-streaming of animals at the zoo, which just welcomed a new elephant calf, will continue indefinitely, though some have limited hours. Mark Gallon/stockpots The live cams at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., provide a look at lions, naked mole rats, giant pandas, and elephants.
Volunteers are not onsite operating the webcams during the facility's COVID-19 related closure, so the animals may not be visible at all times. There's even a live cam of the Monterey Bay that allows for spotting otters, birds and the occasional passing sailboat.
During the live stream event, zookeepers are featured working with and caring for various animals at the facility. ET, and will include lions, tigers, giraffes, hedgehogs, rhinos, red pandas and red-tailed hawks.
The zoo also plans to share information about new animal babies, introducing them to viewers, as part of the virtual stream program. Brevard Zoo at Vera FL by Rusty Clark ~ 100K Photos (CC BY) Every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
ET the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne on Florida's Space Coast is livestreaming from its Sea Turtle Healing Center. Each live stream program, which will be available on the zoo's Facebook page, will feature an injured sea turtle that's being nursed back to health.
William Sherman/stockpots Lions, penguins, flamingos, and giraffes are just some of the animals that can be observed via the many live-streaming cams at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Zoo Atlanta Panda by Stephen Ran (CC BY) Officials at Zoo Atlanta realize how hard it is to be cooped up indoors amid the coronavirus outbreak and are offering a live stream of one of the facility's most popular inhabitants, the pandas.
“During a time when the COVID-19 epidemic is touching all of our lives, we're proud and glad that people around the world find joy in Panama,” according to the zoo's website. Officials at the Connecticut aquarium say the live feed will remain available throughout the duration of the facility's COVID-19 related closure.
“Our hope in offering this live stream will not only to provide much-need enjoyment to children and families during these trying times but also to bring to light the plight of the endangered African penguin,” says Dale Coloring, the aquarium's senior director of public relations. “It's our stated mission at Mystic Aquarium to inspire action for the conservation of our ocean planet.
Calgary Zoo by Michelle Callahan (CC BY) Yet another opportunity to observe (spy) on giant pandas. The Calgary Zoo in Alberta, Canada, provides a live stream of its two panda residents, Er Shun and The Mao, every day on its Panama.
There are actually three cameras attached to the live stream allowing the pandas to be seen wandering around outside in their yard, as well as relaxing inside their house. Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg (492710) by Robert Liddell (CC BY) While closed during the pandemic, Assiniboine Park and Zoo in Winnipeg, Canada, is bringing its wildlife inhabitants to the public via a new live stream program called Creature Feature, which will stream on the facility's Facebook page every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1 p.m. CT.