Updated on November 29, 2023

Need a Quick Summer Vacation?

Get a glimpse of zoo exhibits from around the nation without leaving your home! From giant pandas to penguins and everything in between, you can check in with your favorite animals by watching a live zoo cam.

These zoo cams show viewers the importance of animal conservation, highlighting different species and how they live and interact. Plus, they’re a fun way to “visit” the zoo in the comfort of your own home.

Take a look at some of our favorites. Note that camera availability varies due to factors such as zoo hours. If one isn’t on now, check back later!

San Diego Zoo

The 100-acre wildlife park in southern California is home to more than 12,000 animals. San Diego Zoo cams have live feeds of koalas, baboons, polar bears, penguin, hippopotami and apes.

San Diego Safari Park

Just north of San Diego in Escondido, California, the San Diego Safari Park allows visitors an up-close experience of birds and mammals. Likewise, their cameras show animals you’d expect to see on a safari like tigers, elephants, giraffes and other animals like platypuses, burrowing owls and condors.

Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

The Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, D.C. is one of the only zoos in the U.S. with giant pandas. And, lucky for us these beautiful mammals are one of five live cameras along with cheetah cubs, naked mole rats, lions and elephants. Visitors are also encouraged to play Animal Cam Bingo to see if they can spot different animal behavior and habits.

Houston Zoo

Deep in the heart of Texas, the Houston Zoo takes visitors on a journey across a variety of habitats. Its live cams vary too with feeds of giraffe feeding, giant river otters, elephants, flamingos and rhinos.

Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium

New York may be the concrete jungle but it’s also home to a zoo with more than 6,000 species of wildlife. Live cameras from the Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium let viewers check up on gorillas, silver leaf langurs, sea lions and tiger sharks as well as take them inside the spiny forest exhibit with lemurs, tortoises and birds.

Maryland Zoo

One of the oldest zoos in the U.S., the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore invites its virtual visitors to be a part of its daily happenings with cams that show twice daily feeding of its penguins. Other cams include elephants, lions, giraffes and the African watering hole with rhinos, zebras and ostriches.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium gives shows visitors the wonders of the California coast. One camera is situated on the Monterey Bay itself so you can see ocean waves and look out for otters, birds and even sailboats. Other cams, such as the penguin and sea otter cams, include narrated feedings so you can learn about these amazing animals.

In addition, virtual visitors can check up on jellyfish, sardines, leopard sharks, moon jellyfish, tuna, turtles, sharks and spider crabs.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Wyoming takes great pride in its giraffes. While in-person visitors are invited to feed these graceful giants, virtual visitors can view its two giraffe cams to get an up-close view of feedings or a wider shot of the giraffe habitat.


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