One thing that’s harder to come by in the days of quarantine is a genuine brush with wildlife. Nature is such an important part of life, but while many of us stay at home we remain disconnected from a lot of the natural world and all the restoration and inspiration it can provide. Luckily, many wildlife preserves, aquariums and zoos have live cams that allow us to bring that experience to our own everyday. Whether you want to watch a zoo animal eat its lunch in your own home or just experience the sounds of nature while you work, a live wildlife or zoo cam can be a great way to inject a little excitement and stimulation into your daily routine. We may not be able to travel and visit many of these animals in person, but we can still appreciate and enjoy them.
Nothing inspires as much peace and majesty as the ocean, and the Aquarium of the Pacific gives you the perfect opportunity to benefit from that beauty. Watching fish swirl around this gigantic tank is the perfect way to unwind or take a break from your work-at-home responsibilities.
If you love to birdwatch but don’t have a good feeder setup at home, this live cam feed straight from Panama can help provide you with bright birds and nature sounds twenty-four hours a day.
I often find that the sound of waves crashing help me to unwind or focus. This live feed of some of the best waves in the world will be the perfect addition to your desktop if you feel the same way. The Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii is coveted for its surf-able waves, and now you’ll be able to watch the tide come in (and even spot the occasional surfer) no matter where you live.
If you love to see the beauty of a shark swirling around a tank, this eye-catching live cam from the Aquarium of the Pacific is sure to captivate you for hours.
There’s no animal quite as loveable or enchanting as a panda bear, and thanks to the Wolong Panda Center you can invite them into your home. The sight of pandas playing with toys and cuddling is sure to brighten any workday.
If your workday is feeling stagnant, why not take a break to go on your own virtual safari? This live cam gives you the opportunity to look in on an African watering hole and witness all the animals who wander through, from baboons to cheetahs to warthogs.
Tune in for the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s live narrated feedings at 11:30PST Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, or any other time to experience the gentle swaying kelp forest and diverse fish species of one of the most impressive aquarium exhibits in the country.
The sound of lapping water combined with clear skies and mountain range in the background make this feed the perfect one to leave on for a moment of peace.
Use the Smithsonian Zoo’s live cam to check in on their cheetah cubs who regularly curl up in this den after playing outside. The zoo advises you to turn your sound up so you don’t miss their purrs!
This world is full of beauty and interesting experiences. Just because we’re not able to go out and see as many of them doesn’t mean we can’t still benefit from them virtually. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick trip to the cheetah exhibit or want to spend an hour watching an aquarium swirl around you, live cams can be the perfect way to remind yourself of all the experiences we can still have even while we stay safe at home.