We’ve gathered some of our favorite animal antics from 2020, courtesy of our amazing keepers who work diligently behind the scenes to ensure every one of our residents receives the best care possible,” the zoo wrote in the caption of the post. A flock of pink flamingos was seen taking random walks by a pond, while a group of notorious chinchillas was seen frolicking as the zoo workers captured them indulged in some rare moments.
Viewers were mesmerized as a panda was shot candidly chewing on a bamboo stick, horses were seen galloping across the green meadows, and a raccoon sat in a yoga posture, triggering hilarity. The footage garnered tons of reactions and heart emoticons as it catered visual appeal to the viewers.
2020 was an unprecedented year for people across the globe, but even as the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute temporarily closed its doors to the public, its work to save species continued. From a litter of chirping cheetahs and the birth of a lovable giant panda cub to groundbreaking coral reef research and new strides in animal care, there were many milestones to celebrate this year.
When she sustained a leg injury last summer, animal care staff rallied around Alice and found an innovative solution to help her thrive. The launch of a new live Cheetah Cub Cam gave people the chance to watch Alabama, Atari, Hawaii and Hindi grow up.
Historic islands on the Chesapeake Bay, once home to people, now welcome breeding colonies of brown pelicans each year. Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center ecologist Autumn-Lynn Harrison placed GPS ear tags on some of these shorebirds to learn more about their lives on the Eastern Shore.
From opening his eyes to taking his first steps, this “little miracle” has been delighting viewers with his endearing antics on the live Panda Cam ever since. The collaboration between the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and Columbus Zoo resulted in two healthy cheetah cubs born in February 2020.
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.
While no one enjoys life during a pandemic, a silver lining is that many places have put in the effort to bridge the gap for visitors at home. In a remote area of South Africa, you’ll find the Tempe Elephant Park.
This extensive cam takes us inside the gorilla forest corridor in the Democratic Republic of Congo while connecting the habitat with the night quarters at the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center (GRACE). Head to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada to witness the annual polar bear migration.
Discovery Education has teamed up with Polar Bears International to host a series that explores some of the biggest questions about the Arctic. At Zoo Miami, Penny and the Division VP kids wash rhinos, feed giraffes, study a zebra’s stripes, and ride a camel.
The cool Wolfpack cam live-broadcasts the adventures of four ambassador wolves: Denali, Bolt, Axel, and Grayson. The exhibit stretches across 1.25 acres and includes two dens, a filtered pond, and a forested area.
Or people may just want to remind themselves that Mother Nature and all her creatures are at this moment blissfully unaware of our human troubles. Zoo, aquarium and sanctuary staff members have been working hard to ensure the anxiety gripping much of the world doesn't affect animal well-being.
Staffers are also making a special effort to give animals a bit more attention and provide them with some much-needed activity. The fact that those webcams are already in place is a happy coincidence in a time when live-streaming otter feedings may add a moment of light distraction in a day mostly spent cooped up indoors.
Ocean Park Zoo in Hong Kong has been closed since January 26, but it started a weekly YouTube series in February just for kids (and curious adults.) Red's Nature Play Party YouTube channel helps children use their five senses to learn more about animals.
Watch a toothy rodent capybara chomping leaves or even make your own penguin toy. Monterey Bay Aquarium offers impromptu otter feedings and other random acts of kindness that seem to be aimed squarely at helping the rest of us maintain our sanity.
And the Tempe Elephant Park in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa live streams a popular watering hole. With the massive wildfires affecting wildlife and habitats in Australia for the foreseeable future, now may be the time to learn more about the country's quokkas, koalas and platypuses.
Funny KIDS vs ZOO ANIMALS are WAY FUNNIER! “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. Besides, you can turn it into a learning experience to teach your children about nature all from the comfort of your home.
In no particular order, these are the 25 best animal live cams that will definitely add a smile or sense of wonder to your day: 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.
This camera is set up at the eye level of a leopard to give a unique view of the scale of the animals that frequent the waterhole. 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.