When you can’t go to where the wildlife is, live streaming wildlife cameras are the next best thing to make you feel like you are there!
Take a look at some of my favourite wildlife cameras from around the globe starring some of the planet’s most fascinating animals. You’ll feel like you’re right there with them, but from the safety of your chair!
Reality TV that’s actually worth watching!
Note: Not all of the cameras may be operating 24/7, so if that’s the case, check back later.
Where: Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa
What You Can See: Tuskers! The largest elephants on the African continent, plus numerous other species that come to visit the waterhole.
Why You’ll Want to Watch:
I first found this wildlife camera several years ago when planning a trip to South Africa. I was so enthralled that I booked a stay there right after! Tembe remains one of my very favourite places in the entire world! The best time to watch is between 11:00 am to 3:00 pm local time (GMT+2). Scroll down halfway and you’ll see it.
Where: Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canada
What You Can See: Polar bears
Why You’ll Want to Watch: Wapusk National Park is home to one of the largest concentration of polar bear dens in the world, so there’s always plenty of action! Each fall the polar bears gather along the banks of the Hudson Bay waiting for the ice to form so that they can head north and hunt for seals. While on land, they’re in a state called walking hibernation. See for yourself what zoned out polar bears look like! Features a highlight reel during off-season.
Where: California, United States
What You Can See: Sea Otters
Why You’ll Want to Watch: When you need that awwww moment in your day, there’s nothing cuter than watching sea otters play and wrestle with each other!
Where:Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil
What You Can See: It’s a hotspot for birds. Keep your eyes open for Swallow-tailed hummingbirds, Black Jacobin, Blue-winged Parrotlet, and the Plain Parakeet. Fruit bats are frequent visitors in the early morning.
Why You’ll Want to Watch: You may not have heard of the Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil, but it’s even more threatened than the Amazon Rainforest. The nature reserve plays a key role in conservation. When you observe the sheer number of species, you’ll see why this rainforest is worthy of protection. Birders will especially appreciate this wildlife camera.
Where: Various Places including Seal Island in South Africa
What You Can See: Sharks
Why You’ll Want to Watch: You have a choice of four different shark cams. Not all of them are live, but all are worth a look. I loved the shark fin camera, in which you get a shark’s eye view from a camera humanely and temporarily placed on three shark’s dorsal fins.
Where: Round Island, Alaska, USA
What You Can See: Walruses mainly, but also whales, sea lions, seals and nesting sea birds
Why You’ll Want to Watch: Walruses are fascinating creatures, and you may not realize just how vocal they are until you hear all their noisy grunts. I enjoyed listening to them just as much as observing them.
Where: Katmai National Park, Alaska
What You Can See: Brown bears
Why You’ll Want to Watch: Over 100 brown bears frequent Brooks River to feast on the largest Sockeye Salmon run in the world! You’ll see just how these incredible creatures hunt for salmon…then sleep after a large feast!
Where: Water Hole in Kenya
What You Can See: A variety, but elephants, hippos and birds are frequent visitors. Bird lovers should keep an eye out for Egyptian Geese, Von der Decker’s Hornbills, African Spoonbills and Oxpeckers.
Why You’ll Want to Watch: This wildlife camera offers 3 alternative views in addition to the main one. When I recently watched it, I had a choice of close-ups of elephants, hippos, giraffes, or Vervet monkeys chasing Guinea fowl. You can guess which one the girl who names her blog Monkeys and Mountains chose to watch 🙂
So which was your favourite wildlife camera? Let me know in the comments below and if you have any suggestions for this list, let me know.