Animal Cams

Animal Cams

Live cameras connected to the Web can be either incredibly fascinating or amazingly dull. Bypassing the absurd (such as The Peeling Paint Webcam), I’ve assembled a collection of animal cams that includes a virtual game reserve, adoptable pets, a virtual zoo and a very busy bird feeder. Since all these images are live, some are visible only during daylight hours, so I’ve noted the time zone of each site. [Editor’s Note: An updated version of this topic can be found here: Animal Cams]

Africam5 stars

"Africam welcomes you to the world's first virtual game reserve." This amazing site is a treasure trove of thirteen cams located in five South African national parks and game reserves. Choose from cams at watering holes, wild dog cams, elephant cams, even mobile cams operated by park rangers. Have you ever dreamed of going on a photo safari? Snap a picture of any of the cams (use the right-hand button on your mouse and choose Save Image As) and email it to Africam for possible selection as Picture of the Day. The competition is tough, however, as they often receive 500 images a day. (GMT+2)

Animal Planet4 stars

Although not devoted exclusively to animal cams, Animal Planet (from Discovery Online) has enough cams to be included in today's list. You'll find four cams listed in a row near the top of the page , they range from an adoptable puppy in the Miami Animal Shelter to sharks swimming in the Waikiki Aquarium. Don't miss the twin baby gorillas from the Oklahoma Children's Zoo (look for the link in the top right corner). Since the cams are geographically diverse, each has its own optimal viewing time. (HT, PT, CT, ET)

National Zoo Webcams4 stars

From the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., come nine animal cams and ZooTV with a schedule of live Webcast events. To savor the entire virtual zoo experience, take in the daily elephant foot care demo, the weekly Meet-a-Kiwi Webcam, or the naked mole-rat habitat tour. Some of these live events include chat. The Cutest-and-Cuddliest Award goes to the three Sumatran tiger cubs born on June 23.(ET)

Wild Birds Unlimited Bird Feeder Cam4 stars

I love bird watching, and do watch the birds at the feeder outside my kitchen window whenever I remember to fill the feeder with seed. For those without such a view (or those too lazy to fill the feeder) here is an opportunity to bird watch at a feeder that is never empty and always seems to have happy customers. (ET)

Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

National Geographic Bear Cam

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