One of the best ways to learn about birds, animals and sea life is to watch them live via a webcam. Many zoos and aquariums have webcams in their most popular exhibits.
Often you can watch as keepers feed critters, administer care or even clean habitat. The following list is for some of the best webcams out there. Just remind kids that these are real animals that are going about their daily lives so kids will have to be patient while observing their favorite critters.
Smithsonian’s National Zoo in D.C.
The D.C. zoo has four different web cams. You might have to view each one to see which animals are moving around, including naked mole rats, lions, giant panda, and elephants.
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
There are separate feeds for each: penguins, lions, giraffes, flamingo and the goat corral.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Moving to the Pacific coast, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has ten live cams set up throughout the aquarium including a sea otter cam, coral reef cam, penguin cam and kelp forest cam.
Meerkats are busy little guys who like to play at the Miami Zoo.
The Chesapeake Conservancy ospreys, Tom and Audrey, are up for their eighth season on their nest on Kent Island.
Conserve Wildlife Osprey Cam
This second Osprey cam is in Long Beach Island, New Jersey and is located high on a pole overlooking a nest. On windy days the pole weaves back and forth. http://www.conservewildlifenj.org/education/ospreycam/
A small herd of bison live in the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in northeast Illinois. This webcam shows the herd as they graze and wander the prairie. If the bison aren’t in view, the weather conditions can be observed to learn about the harsh conditions bison often have to survive through.
These little owls live in Florida near a school and right along a road. They are a threatened species who like dirt and living in tunnels.
April the Giraffe
Remember April the Giraffe and her baby Tajiri who was born in 2017? Now you can watch them all day. They live at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, N.Y. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXy9SJpnCwI
There are currently nine African elephants living at the San Diego Zoo. This cam has some movement, unlike most of the other stationary cameras, as it follows elephants around their enclosure to play, eat and sleep.
This cam is on a rocky ledge on Seal Island, 21 miles off the coast of Maine. Puffins scurry around their beachside retreat.
Winter, Hope, and now PJ live together at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida. The habitat consists of three connected areas, so you may see the dolphins swim between the areas.
Want more fun virtual things to do with the kids?