You'll be forgiven if your world starts to feel like real life Jumanji as these twelve wildlife attractions bring the animal kingdom to you.
Earn your stripes watching Tiger Cam at Taronga Zoo
If you’re missing the harbour-side stylings of Australia’s largest zoo, head to the conservation park’s website for live streams of some of its most beloved animals, 24/7. A particular favourite is the Sumatran Tiger Cam – jump on at 9:30am and 2:15pm and you might catch them mid feed. The zoo is also releasing a series called Keeper Chats, with Taronga’s world class experts.
Spy some Snow Leopard cubs at Melbourne Zoo
Virtually snuggle up to some snow leopard cubs through Melbourne Zoo’s cub cam, which projects their nest box and outdoor enclosure to the world. The three cubs, who were born in late January 2020, are busy sticking pretty close to their mum Miska at the moment but seem to be a bit more active between 9 and 10am each morning at feeding time.
Meet giant pandas at the Smithsonian National Zoo
Hang out with Tian Tian and Mei Xiang as they frolic in their enclosures on the outskirts of Washington DC. Two cameras follow them as they go about their day. They’ve been a part of the zoos breeding program since 2002, which has resulted in three cubs.
Hang with sea otters at Monterey Bay Aquarium
A beloved resident of the waters off Monterey, the aquarium brings you one step closer to these adorable critters. The clan’s four rescue pups are having a great time exploring the public areas of the aquarium while there are no visitors.
Stop by the penguins at Kansas City Zoo
Stop by Kansas City’s Penguin Plaza to hang out with some King and Gentoo penguins. The 24/7 cameras capture their every move, streaming all of their sliding, swimming and socialising. See all the action on land in the King Penguin enclosure and tune in during daylight hours in Kansas City to catch the Gentoos showing off underwater.
Chill out with polar bears at San Diego Zoo
This famous zoo has brought the Arctic tundra to San Diego to help make its sleuth – yep that’s a group of polar bears – of polar bears feel more comfortable. In this live stream, you can hang out with these playful but dangerous marine mammals as they laze in the sun, cool off in the pool and snore in their den.
Take part in a home safari at Cincinnati Zoo
Hippos and giraffes and manatees, oh my! Tune into Cincinnati Zoo’s Home Safari at 3pm ET (6am AEST) for a live show guided by their team of knowledgeable zoo keepers. The first guest was the zoo’s resident superstar, Fiona the hippo.
Catch some zzz's with Koalas at Lone Pine Sanctuary
This 18-hectare koala sanctuary is the oldest and largest in the world. There’s no chance of getting bored with Lone Pine’s livestreams, with eight koala, two dingo and a platypus camera to choose from.
Be entranced by Vancouver Aquarium's Jelly Cam
It’s easy to feel totally at peace watching the Pacific Sea Nettles blob around on this livestream. The colourful invertebrates can be seen almost all day, as their long, slow-moving tentacles glide into view. In the wild, they can be found along North America’s Pacific coast all the way from Canada to Mexico.
Make some furry friends at Australian Reptile Park
The Australian Reptile Park in Somersby is bringing Australian fauna to you. Head to its Facebook at 2pm, Monday to Friday for a live stream into one of the famous residents’ enclosures, changing each day. For a more educational experience, visit their YouTube channel at 10am from Monday to Friday for an episode of Animal Tales with general manager and wildlife expert, Tim Faulkner.
Get a bird’s-eye view of Bald Eagles at the Channel Islands
This national park allows bird watchers the opportunity to watch bald eagles in theirnatural habitat, soaring above the soaring peaks of the spectacular Channel Islands off the coast of California. The species was reintroduced there in the early 2000s.
Meet the elephant(s) in the room at Dublin Zoo
Peer into the enclosure of Asian elephants in Dublin’s sprawling Phoenix Park. There are seven in the herd, including matriarch Bernhardine, her sister Yasmin and their daughters Asha and Anak, as well as three older calves. Tune in to feeding time at 10:30am (8:30pm AEST) and 12:30pm (10:30pm AEST).