Visit Wild Places With These 10 Stunning Wildlife Webcams
Many of us are stuck inside quite a bit these days. Even those who are able to get outside may find that parks, zoos and natural areas are closed to large groups. Many people have canceled or postponed their vacations for the summer of 2020 and plan to remain closer to home in urban settings. Nature has never been more difficult to escape to.
Thankfully, technology comes to the rescue. Webcams and live streams of wildlife and natural settings are providing some relief, helping us experience the great outdoors and the animal life within it while our travels are on pause. Here, we’re breaking down the top 10 nature and wildlife cams to help get you and your family through quarantine while enjoying the meditative relaxation only nature and its beautiful inhabitants can provide.
Feel like going on safari but aren’t able to travel to South Africa to embark on one? No worries. The folks from Wild Earth are ready to take you on a virtual excursion. This webcam network uses remote cams, drones, safari vehicles, guides on foot, rovers and other streaming techniques and technologies to bring majestic wild beasts into your home via computer screen.
Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center
The mission of the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center (GRACE) is to end threats to the eastern lowland gorilla, also known as Grauer’s gorilla, population in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The organization’s hope is that human activity ceases to encroach on gorilla habitats and that, in the absence of poaching and other interference, these great apes can begin to thrive once again.
Mpala Research Centre
This live stream is located in Central Kenya near the Mpala Research Centre, an organization "of science, education and outreach to benefit nature and people" and a "living laboratory to help you find answers for wildlife conservation." This particular camera focuses in on the goings-on at a local watering hole, where a slew of different species come to drink and splash; it’s a hub of activity for animals like hippos, elephants, crocodiles, giraffes, Grevy’s zebras, gazelles and leopards.
The Vancouver Aquarium
The Vancouver Aquarium is one of the many places that closed to the public in response to coronavirus-related quarantine and shelter-in-place directives, but you can still visit — virtually. With dedicated cameras that let you peek into the lives of some of the facility’s most beloved creatures, along with plenty of fauna facts on most pages, the aquarium’s site is also a great educational resource for kids and adults alike.
The International Wolf Center
Mysterious and beautiful, wolves are much more elusive than their domesticated relatives that we share our homes with. But you can take a peek into their (semi) wild world by loading up the Minnesota-based International Wolf Center's live stream of its ambassador pack members, who represent several different wolf species, as they roam around their 1.25-acre enclosure.
Eagle's Nest in Decorah, Iowa
Decorah, Iowa, is a tiny town that, in the past, was primarily known as an epicenter of Norwegian culture thanks to its high number of settlers from that country...until bald eagles entered the picture. In 2013, a massive — 9 feet wide by 7 feet long by 5 feet deep and 56 feet off the ground — bald eagle nest was discovered in a white oak tree just outside the town and, with support from the Raptor Resource Project organization, a live cam was set up to keep an eye on the nest’s inhabitants.
Rubbing Beach Cam
The Rubbing Beach live cam offers a great way to see and hear orca whales in their natural environment. The camera is set up in the chilly waters of the Johnstone Strait in British Columbia, a spot that’s home to around 150 orcas during summer months. As with many other cams, you may need to wait a bit before the animals make their appearance. In the case of Rubbing Beach, however, you can often hear them even when they aren’t visible.
Aquarium of the Pacific
The Aquarium of the Pacific is one of Long Beach, California’s, most famous tourist attractions, frequently appearing on "best of" lists thanks to the 11,000 incredible sea creatures that call the facility home. With exhibits and seascapes that represent underwater life from regions around the entire Pacific Rim, there’s always a ton to check out at the Aquarium of the Pacific. But what if you can’t make it to SoCal to learn about marine conservation or pet the bamboo and epaulette sharks in the touch tank?
Brown Bears in Romania
Operated not by a non-profit or conservation organization but instead by residents of a remote town that sees more than its fair share of bear activity, this streaming feed's webcams are installed in the forests of Transylvania in Romania. Initially spooked by local bears’ growing fearlessness and brazen attempts to enter yards and roam along roads to find food, the camera operator began feeding the creatures on a remote piece of property to keep them away from town.
Big Cat Rescue
The Tiger Lake webcam doesn’t show you big cats in their natural setting; this is the wildlife cam operated by Big Cat Rescue, which was featured in the Netflix documentary series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.