With travel still restricted in many parts of the world, we can only dream about greener grass and sandy beaches, high mountains, festivals, and explore many parts of the world. Until then, technology can help us appreciate the beauty of faraway lands right from the comfort of our couch. We researched all the webcams available to view wildlife in their natural habitats. Check these wildlife cams and try spotting a lion! Watch the new condor baby or the three new Eagle young, that all hatched end of April – so cute!
Best Wildlife Cams
The choice of animal cams is pretty impressive, from lions in South Africa, gorillas in DRC, polar bears in Canada, bald eagles in the US, and more! South Africa, Kenya, and the US offer most of the many cameras around the world live about animals. So you will find several of these cameras on this wildlife post.
Of course, these live cams of animals show their natural habitats for most of them. Moreover, the behavior varies depending on the species. Some live at night, others hunt at dawn or dusk. During the day, many come to drink at the waterholes. Seasonal migrations pay an important factor, like the wildebeest in Kenya and Tanzania. We tried our best to note when the best time and months to see any of these wild animals might be. But they don’t work out of an organized schedule, so be patient as you might not see any wildlife right away.
We spent some time researching these cams, but if you know of other animal cameras around the world live, please let us know!
Note that these webcams might go offline from time to time, or be replaced by their providers with videos. We will try our best to monitor them, replace as necessary. Please help us maintain this list and let us know if you come across anything we need to update.
Big Sur Condor Nest, California
The Condor Sanctuary of the Ventana Wildlife Society is located in Big Sur along the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Two webcams are currently available, one inside the nest, the other outside. An egg hatched at the end of April, check out the cute chick! In the meantime, you can see the activity on the outside cam.
Pacific Walrus on Round Island, Alaska
During only a few months per year, up to as many as 15,000 large walruses reach what is called the Pacific Walrus Beach on Round Island. The best viewing times of this Alaskan wildlife are from 6:30 am to 10:30 pm AKDT.
Anacapa Ocean – Channel Islands National Park
Through this webcam, check the famous Arch Rock, Channel Island’s iconic landmark, the historical lighthouse, as well as seabird rookeries, and the ocean life at the cove and around.
Off San Francisco in the Pacific Ocean, the Farallon Islands‘ rocky shorelines are the breeding grounds of thousands of seabirds, seals and sea lions. The surrounding waters regularly see the great white sharks as well.
International Wolf Center
The Minnesota research and educational organization teaches about everything about wolves, their population, their habitat, and the relations with humans. Their live wolf cams let you know get a glance of the elusive animals. Like for many wildlife, early mornings and late evenings are the best time to get a chance to see them.
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary
The sanctuary is considered one of the most important whale habitats in the world, where thousands of humpbacks gather each winter from November to May. The peak months are January, February, and March. The webcam is installed from a house by the coast.
Alaska Katmai Grizzly Bears
Probably one of the most exciting experience for us was to visit the Katmai National Park and get an up-close encounter with the massive Grizzly bears, one of the iconic Alaska wildlife. Summer is the best time to watch the bears catching salmon moving up along the Brooke River. Grizzly bears gather at the Brooke Falls and feast on the salmon swimming upstream. The national park offers several webcams that let you view the wild bears come the season.
A pair of bald eagles are nesting close to a trout hatchery in Decorah, Iowa. After their nest was damaged, the Raptor Resource Project team reconstructed it. Thanks to a live wildlife camera in the wild installed at the time, you can watch them as the eagles return every year and nest there.
Currently, three new baby eagles are in the nest!
The American Eagle Foundation, located in the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, is another organization dedicated to bald eagles and other raptors.
Set on Seal Island off Maine, Puffin Barrow is home to puffins. The live nature camera set by the National Audubon Society is perfect to observe the iconic birds in spring and summer months when they gather to nurture their young.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Sharks
Located on the coast of Northern California, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a nonprofit public aquarium that puts the focus on the marine habitats of Monterey Bay. Among other habitats, it features the first living kelp forest. Watch for sevengill sharks, leopard sharks, spiny dogfish and the elusive Pacific angel sharks.
Monterey Aquarium Jelly Cam
Another stunning exhibit is the Jelly cam Watch as their long tentacles and lacey mouth-arms move smoothly through the water.
In the highlands of central Kenya in the Laikipia region, Mpala Research Centre Is a science and outreach organization that educates about wildlife conservation. The nearby waterhole of the Mpala Ranch will give you the chance to spot large herds of elephants, gazelles, crocodiles, leopards, and rare opportunities to observe reticulated giraffes, Grevy’s zebras, and African wild dogs. Thanks to a large population of hippos, the area is also nicknamed the Hippo Pool!
Aberdare National Park
Situated by the Ark Hotel, the webcam focus on the waterhole to observe elephants, buffaloes, red duikers, bushbucks, colobus and vervet monkeys, and leopards.
Wolong Panda Center
The bamboo trees of the Shenshuping Gengda Panda Center, located in China’s Wolong Valley, provide the right habitat for pandas. A breeding and research center, the webcam lets you observe the endangered species.
Tau Game Groot Marico Waterholes
Located in the Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa’s 4th largest game reserve, the Marico River is home to the popular Tau waterhole. The African wildlife cam there will show elephants, giraffes, and zebras coming to drink, while lions, tigers, cheetahs, Nile crocodiles hunt smaller prey and birds.
Nkorho Bush Lodge Waterhole
Close to the famous Kruger National Park, animals wander from one park to the other freely. Search for the “Big Five” as well as other wildlife and birds in the Sabi and Game Reserve deep in the African bushveld. The camera brings in infrared technology that allows you to see the animals during their nocturnal activities.
The Olifants River is a tributary of the Limpopo River and passes through the Kruger National Park. Thanks to this wildlife camera close to the Naledi Game Lodge in the Naledi Game Reserve, check for Africa wildlife, the Big Five (elephants, rhinoceros, buffalos, lions, and leopards), as well as crocodiles and hippos, elephants, and giraffes, baboons, waterbuck, bushbuck, impalas, storks, herons that usually populate the area.
Also located in the Olifants West Game Reserve, the unusual setup of this live nature cam at eye level gives a unique perspective. Watch for leopards, giraffes, and elephants among other wildlife as they come closeby.
This live cam overlooks the main beach of the watering hole at Mpala Research Centre in central Kenya’s Laikipia County. Tune in at dawn and dusk local time to see the most animals, including hippos, hyenas, lions, leopards, giraffes, kudus, elephants, and many more.
Tembe Elephant Park
Located between Zululand and Mozambique, the Tembe Elephant Park is known for having the largest elephants in Africa, but also the other animals of the “Big 5” – lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalo as well as over 300 birds and other species. Check the Tembe webcam for a chance to find them!
Located by the Gowrie dam on Djuma Game Reserve, try to see the Big Five, as well as Impala, Kudu, Hippopotamus, and a great number of birds. The reserve is part of the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve on the western border of the Kruger National Park.
One of the most popular live wildlife cameras, check this webcam for a live African wildlife safari broadcast, right from the wilderness!
Kwa Maritane Waterhole
Located in the Pilanesberg National Park, Rustenburg, the waterhole attracts the Big 5, zebras to giraffes, antelopes, and even wild dogs. All of those can be spotted by the wildlife cam.
Rosie’s Pan Waterhole
In the Balule Game Reserve close to Hoedspruit and the Kruger National Park, the best viewing time to see wildlife by the Rosie’s Pan waterhole is in daylight hours.
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
The endangered mountain gorillas live in the Virunga Mountains, a region split over three countries: Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In the DRC, Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (
The Cayman Reef is a known cleaning station where larger fish are being cleaned by smaller fish. The underwater webcam set in the lagoon in the Cayman Islands lets watch for nurse sharks, porcupine fish, blue tangs, southern stingrays, barracudas, spotted eagle rays, and even Caribbean reef sharks.
The cam at Elewana Collection property focuses on the nearby waterhole, a realtime, 24 7 cam to capture animals day and night. When you travel to Tanzania, make sure to visit Zanzibar!
Cape Churchill in Wapusk National Park is famous for the largest population of polar bears. In October and November, polar bears gather in Churchill where they wait for the ice to form so that they can traverse and hunt for ringed seals, their main food source.
Thanks to eight webcams across the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, watch the iconic Australian animal Koala Cams. Look for young koalas, or wait for the group to snuggle for real cute moments.
Wildlife & Webcam Organizations
Most of these webcams were installed by lodges, rescue and breeding centers, and nature parks. Several were also implemented thanks to online communities like Africam that connects wildlife enthusiasts with live sightings in the African bush or Explore that helped install webcams in many locations around the world. Africam is planning on adding donation features on their site shortly, please consider donating to support their initiatives.
As we know, many of these animals are endangered today. Organizations like WWF work toward protecting them. A small donation can go a long way.
Right, so these are no animal web cameras, but we thought these live web cameras around the world were rather impressive, so we decided to add them in the mix!
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El Popocatépetl Volcano
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May 10, 2020 at 4:46 pm
Thank you for sharing this! I was supposed to do a gorilla trek in Uganda in June and now I’ve seen some on the webcam! 😁
May 11, 2020 at 6:23 am
We got to see the gorillas in Rwanda a few years ago – you are in for a treat once you get there! We were supposed to be in Africa as well, driving from Egypt to South Africa via the East coast. Uganda would have been one of the countries we would have driven through. We actually just shared a post on Uganda, on what we are hoping to see once we – finally – get there! Did you reschedule the trip yet, or waiting to see how things go?
May 10, 2020 at 1:42 pm
wow great collection of safari videos! Thanks for brightening up our weekend!
May 11, 2020 at 6:18 am
Glad you liked our post! Did you get to see the Condor and Eagle chicks? I could spend hours just watching them!
May 11, 2020 at 1:02 pm
I did! despite what the adults look like the chicks are so cute lol
May 15, 2020 at 8:19 am
Lol, I agree! Most young are way cuter than their adult version! 🙂
April 23, 2020 at 4:51 pm
How cool is modern technology! Imagine if someone told us 50 years ago that we could watch live animal footage from across the world, right from the comfort of a home computer. We probably wouldn’t have believed them. I’m going to kick back later on and watch some of these virtual animal cams and see what I can spot.
April 30, 2020 at 4:40 am
Agree, and who knows what we will be doing in the coming 50 years! Maybe we can teleport? 🙂 As for the cam, we watched the Condor and the Eagles chicks last night – so cute!
April 20, 2020 at 2:06 pm
THIS IS THE BEST. There are SO many cute babies! Watching the panda babies play on the swing melted my heart. I’m going to sit with my partner and go through each video with him tonight while we eat dinner! Thank you so much for putting this together xx
April 23, 2020 at 5:04 am
Thank you for the kind words, but yeah, all credits go to the participating crew! Watching wildlife always brings many fascinating moments!
April 20, 2020 at 10:46 am
We loved being out in the wildlife parks. But when that is not possible it is great to know there are some great wildlife cams to take us for a virtual visit. We have never visited the Channel Islands, so might start there. Seeing the humpbacks on the Hawaiian Islands would also be a treat. But a trip back to South Africa would bring back such great memories. Thanks for sharing these!
April 23, 2020 at 11:59 pm
Though California is home, we never made it to the Channel Islands! The grass is always greener somewhere else, right? We haven’t been to South Africa yet but to Tanzania and Rwanda, and agree with you, that brings back great memories for sure!