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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 zoo, wild English badgers and a very busy bird feeder. All these images are live and some are only visible during daylight hours, so I’ve noted the time zone of each site.
Discovery’s Animal Planet houses ten geographically-diverse critter cams all in one homepage. Crisscrossing the continent, they include six cameras focused on Siberian tigers in the privately owned TigerHomes animal sanctuary in Florida, sharks swimming in the Giant Ocean Tank exhibit at the New England Aquarium in Boston, and polar bears in the Montreal Biome. Because of differing time zones, each cam has its own optimal viewing time. (HT, PT, CT, ET)
BBC Nature Animals
During daylight hours, BBC focuses on a bird feeding station in the woodlands of North Somerset. At night, it’s Badgercam from Devon Badger Watch in Tiverton. What makes these cams special is all the additional information (about birds and badgers) that is just one click away. Be sure to visit the Devon Badger Watch homepage for details about the Barton badger clan. Remember, the posted viewing times are in England (Western European Time), and are four hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. (WET)
National Zoo Webcams
With ten live animal cams, you don’t have to be in Washington D.C. to enjoy the National Zoo. For the best virtual zoo experience , visit when the staff is focusing the cameras on the animals. For the giant pandas Mei Xiang (newly pregnant) and Tian Tian, those times vary from day to day, but are posted here. For a look outside the zoo’s enclosures, at the many wild animals and plants that call Rock Creek National Park home, try the Backyard Biology cam. (ET)
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