When you can’t go to where the wildlife is, live streaming animal cameras in the wild are the next best thing!
Take a look at some of my favourite live animal cameras in the wild from around the globe starring some of the planet’s most fascinating animals in the wild. You’ll feel like you’re right there with them, no matter where you are right now. It’s the perfect way to experience something new and exciting from across the globe.
Reality TV that’s worth watching!
Note: Not all of the cameras may be operating 24/7, so if that’s the case, check back later.
Live Animal Cameras in the Wild: Africa
When you think of wildlife, Africa is probably one of the first destinations that pop into your mind. If you’re looking to catch a glimpse of some of the most fantastic animals in the wild, then these cameras in the wild are exactly what you need. You will be truly surprised to find out how diverse African wildlife is.
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: 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 life, 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: 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 🙂
Where: Djuma Private Game Reserve in Kruger National Park, South Africa
What You Can See: The Big 5 are frequently seen here as well as other visitors such as hippopotamus, crocodiles, Hyena and so much more.
Why You’ll Want to Watch: WildEarth offers live sunrise and sunset Safari’s daily where you can go on a guided safari tour of one of the most popular wildlife areas in South Africa. When WildEarth isn’t live streaming, you can watch some great animal footage in the wild which is almost as great as the live versions. There is a lot to be learned about South Africa’s wilderness in these safari streams.
Where: Various Places in South Africa
What You Can See: The Big 5 as well as other animals such as vervet monkeys, hyenas, wild dogs, Springbok and many other birds and mammals.
Why You’ll Want to Watch: South African National Parks (SANParks) offers several live and still cameras that offer you wonderful views of several of its major parks. You won’t want to miss the many different animals found in South Africa in their natural habitat. From one side of South Africa to the other, you will get to see some of the most protected animals and birds in the world. You don’t want to miss these live animal cameras in the wild.
Where: Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
What You Can See: You are very likely to find elephants here frolicking in the water. You are also likely to see buffalo and the illustrious bald eagle here too.
Why You’ll Want to Watch: The Lower Zambezi National Park is home to some large herds of African elephants, buffalo and beautiful and unique bird species. This camera gives you the perfect views of the edge of a river where you are bound to find elephants enjoying a daytime bath and having some fun. This is a soundless video feed though, so, unfortunately, you won’t hear any sounds. But it is the perfect live stream to have on in the background at home to make you feel like you are in the wild.
Where: GRACE Center, Kasugho, Eastern DRC
What You Can See: Gorillas
Why You’ll Want to Watch: As you can imagine, this is one of the best live animal cameras in the wild for me. Watching gorillas come and go and take some long lazy naps. This is a protected habitat for the gorillas so watching this live stream is a great way to support the amazing things that GRACE is doing for protecting these endangered primates.
Live Animal Cameras in the Wild: North America
North America has an amazing array of wildlife. And considering how amazingly diverse the continent is, you are bound to find something exciting. These live animal cameras give you a glimpse into the wild world of North America and its many interesting facets.
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 concentrations 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 the off-season.
Where: Grasslands National Park Saskatchewan, Canada
What You Can See: Bison, swift fox, prairie dogs, coyotes, badgers and various birds of prey.
Why You’ll Want to Watch: This is one of the few remaining natural grasslands in North America. This live animal camera is located on the edge of a watering hole where you are sure to find Bison and other fascinating animals enjoying a drink or even a dip. This is the perfect way to experience wild Canada. The camera is seasonal, but you will be able to watch some great highlights when the live stream is offline.
Where: Hog Island, Maine USA
What You Can See: Osprey
Why You’ll Want to Watch: If you are a bird lover this is the perfect live animal camera. Watch the wonderful Osprey relax in their nest and enjoy their call as they fly out and back into the nest. I found this live animal camera the perfect way to relax, especially on a stressful day. There is nothing better than seeing birds in the wild.
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! The great thing about this live stream is that when it is off-season, they replay highlights so you are never without something to watch. You don’t want to miss the wonderful bear cubs, I don’t think there is anything cuter.
Where: Anton Valley, Panama
What You Can See: A big array of birds such as the red-breasted woodpeckers and red-legged honeycreepers. You will also see several species of butterflies, basilisk and even a few possums looking for food.
Why You’ll Want to Watch: This camera is located at a Canopy Lodge in the centre of an extinct volcanic crater. It’s the biggest of its kind in the Northern Hemisphere. I was surprised to hear such wonderful bird song while watching this one. The happy sound of several species of birds was enough to make my day. This is one of my favourite live animal cameras in the wild.
Where: British Columbia’s Johnstone Strait
What You Can See: Orcas
Why You’ll Want to Watch: The area is also known as “rubbing beach”. You will get to see the unique phenomenon known as “rubbing” that orcas are known to do. They swim and rub themselves on the rough sand at the bottom where the camera catches them during the season. During offseason, you can watch highlights. You don’t want to miss this wonderful live animal camera in the wild, especially the whale calls of the orcas which are simply beautiful.
Live Animal Cameras in the Wild: South America
South America offers one of the most diverse habitats in the world. South America is home to the Amazon, the largest rainforest in the world. The Amazon alone is home to some very unique animals. Another very important wildlife area are the Galapagos Islands which are home for rare animals, reptiles and birds. It is a wonderful place for live animal cameras in the wild.
Where: Galapagos Islands
What You Can See: The Galapagos Giant Tortoise
Why You’ll Want to Watch: The Galapagos giant tortoise is something you won’t see every day. This live animal camera isn’t exactly in the wild as it belongs to the Semilla Verde Hotel. But it is still worth watching as you will see these gentle giants bathing in the water and going about their daily lives. Considering that tortoises are well-known for their speed, or lack of, this is one live feed that will be relaxing enough for anyone.
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.
Live Animal Cameras in the Wild: Europe
Where: Transylvania, Romania
What You’ll See: Bears, deer, wolves, boar and several species of birds.
Why You’ll Want to Watch: This live animal camera offers so much of wild Transylvania, you won’t want to look away. Originally the camera was meant to views wild bears, but the camera catches so much more than just bears. You will be surprised at the many wonderful animals that Europe has to offer. Make sure to check after 6:00 pm local time, you may even catch a pack of wolves if you’re lucky.
Where: Marshes of Urdaibai
What You’ll See: An array of birds from northern Europe.
Why You’ll Want to Watch: Located at the Urdabai Bird Centre, this live animal camera allows you to observe the birds that keep the marshes and active environment. Watch the relaxing water and an array of beautiful birds as they make their way in and out of their home territory.
Live Animal Cameras in the Wild: Asia
Asia is home to wonderful animals including rare primates and big cats such as the tiger. Asia is also home to the panda, which is one of the most beautiful and cuddly looking animals out there. Watching wild animal cameras in the wild in Asia is the perfect way to discover this massive and beautiful continent.
Where: Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
What You’ll See: Giant Panda Bear
Why You’ll Want to Watch: This is one of the biggest panda sanctuaries in China and has over 100 pandas of different ages. Panda’s are one of the funniest animals to watch, they are friendly and playful and for such big guys, they are pretty active. This is a fun wildlife feed to watch that will keep you well entertained and smiling.
Where: Desert Area, Israel
What You’ll See: Griffon Vultures
Why You’ll Want to Watch: This is a live animal camera for those that love big birds. You will enjoy watching the vultures move in and out of their nesting area. You may even catch a glimpse of newly laid or hatched eggs. This is a great way to learn about how Griffin vultures interact in the wild.
Live Animal Cameras in the Wild: Australia
Australia is another very unique continent where you will find one of a kind animals, each of them with their unique characteristics. Watching these live animals cameras in the wild is the perfect way to appreciate just how wonderful and diverse Australia is.
Where: Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
What You’ll See: Koala Bears
Why You’ll Want to Watch: Koala bears are some of the most adorable animals out there. This live animal camera will give you a great inside look into how these wonderful animals go about their day. Koala bears are protected and this is a great way to see them in a wild setting where they are cared for. This is a great webcam to watch with the whole family.
So which was your favourite animal camera in the wild? Let me know in the comments below and if you have any suggestions for this list.