7 Live Animal Cams You Won’t Want to Miss

Live action cameras offer a great way to see what wild animals are up to without going on a safari, scuba diving a reef or hang gliding over the tree tops. Plus, they don’t disturb the animals, so you can get up-close and personal without freaking the critters out. Scientists and environmental educators set the cameras up so the animals on screen never know they’re being watched. You see whatever passes before the camera lens, just as it’s unfolding in real time.

Keep in mind that if a camera is live streaming, sometimes the streaming will stop and you’ll have to reload the website. Also, the camera may be working just fine but the animals might not be there. I watched a red tail hawk’s nest for several minutes, but never saw the hawk. Some animals will only on be available to view seasonally, depending on when they nest or migrate. But one advantage of watching them live is you’ll get to know their life cycles as well as see them in their true habitats when they do show up.

Here are 7 cool cams you’ll get a real kick out of viewing.

Jelly Cam

The Monterey Bay Aquarium in California has this camera trained on jelly fish. The purplish, parachute-like creatures almost seem to be doing a ballet dance in the bright blue water. Ethereal music accompanies their images as they pulse across the screen. If you want more variety than sea nettles, slip on over to the Aquarium’s Kelp Forest Cam and be amazed at the towering kelp growing up from the sea floor, or their Open Sea Cam, where you may see nothing but deep blue ocean, or you may see a hammerhead shark, like I just did.

Katmai Alaska Bears

If you’ve ever wondered how bears catch salmon, take a look at them standing in the cold, rushing waters of Brooks Falls in Aslaka’s Katmai National Park. The water is so frothy, I don’t know how they can see a fish, but they do. And once they nab it, they devour it in a matter of minutes.

African Animal Lookout Camera

A series of cameras†has captured hippos,†Grevy’s Zebras, giraffes awkwardly trying to drink at a watering hole, a female lion prowling around at night and a leopard that came very close to snagging some gazelles†for dinner. The highlights reel isn’t live, which is a good thing, since Africa’s on the other side of the world and the views would all be at night and hard to see if they were live. But it’s definitely got a “you’re watching this now” feel to it.

Bella the Hummingbird

This hummingbird started making her nest in a ficus tree in†2005, sometimes laying 4 “clutches” or groups of eggs in one season. The owner of the tree named the bird Bella and set up a live web cam so people could enjoy watching her build the nest, hatch her eggs and fledge her chicks. Breeding season runs from around November to June, so tune in then to see little Bella in action.

Bird†Cam/Long Eared Owl

When this was live, it showed two owlets being fed by their mother in their nest in Montana. They’ve now fledged, but you can sign up for text alerts to see them upon their return.

Pete’s Pond

This camera is set up in the Mashatu Game Reserve, a wilderness in eastern Botswana. It moves around rather than staying focused on just one area, which creates a real “you are there” feeling. Originally set up by National Georgraphic, Wild Earth took over the camera in 2011. A group of “zoomies” from all over the world take turns operating the camera and zooming in on whatever interesting is happening at the time. Elephants may come for a drink, Monitor lizards may scamper about, vervet monkeys and bamboos might rompóyou just never know!

Puppy Cam at Warrior Canine Connection

This organization trains dogs to help wounded warriors “reconnect with life, their families, their communities and each other.” Their puppy cam shows the incredibly cute dogs they are raising for their training programs.

Want to see more? Wildlifeforever.org links to “critter cams” all over the U.S., featuring great horned owls in Montana, Peregrine falcons in Columbus, Ohio, Atlantic Puffins in Maine and Sandhill Cranes in Nebraska.

Atlas Oscura links to “The ultimate baby animal cam compendium.” The baby animals are not all in the wild, but you’ll see a lot of different babies, including eaglets, turkey chicks, penguin chicks and even calves.

215 comments

Kelly S
Past Member 5 months ago

cool

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Christine J
Christine Jabout a year ago

Love the Jelly Cam. Very soothing.

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Dagmara W
Dagmara W1 years ago

Thank you!

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Twila H
Twila H1 years ago

Love live animal cams! Thanks for the article!

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 years ago

thanks for sharing.

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Robert N.
Rob Chloe Sam N1 years ago

I love live animal cams, They are so natural, Thanks for sharing this.

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Jennifer F.
Jennifer F1 years ago

I LOVE watching Eagle cams when I have some free time!

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