National Zoo Animal Cams

Take a look at what these animals do when they think no one is watching. Photo: Jen Zoon, Smithsonian’s National Zooreational

Watch the black-footed ferrets, cheetah cubs, naked mole rats, lions, giant pandas and elephants live, on camera, at the National Zoo. All Smithsonian museums, including the National Zoo, continue to be closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. The animal webcams remain online, but volunteers will not be operating them, so animals may not be visible at all times.

Animal Cam Educational Activities–Welcome to the wild side of learning. This packet is designed to engage students (grades K to fifth) in looking closely and thinking deeply about animal behavior and habitats. Download Animal Cam Educational Activities at