Here are just a few of the zoo and aquarium livestreams that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own sofa.
1) BELUGAS AND OTTERS AND PENGUINS, OH MY!: The Georgia Aquarium has a number of live video streams which allow internet users to enjoy the daily goings-on of the facility’s resident African penguins, beluga whales, sea otters, and barrier reef-dwellers.
2) JELLY CAM: The Monterey Bay Aquarium website has a similar line of marine livestreams, although their website also boasts a jellyfish livestream—and it’s surprisingly enchanting.
3) GIANT PANDA CAM: What better way to while away your time at home than keeping an eye on giant pandas Tian Tian and Mei Xiang at the Smithsonian National Zoo in DC?
4) BALD EAGLE NEST CAM: This livestream—which is also filmed in Washington DC—captures the daily nesting activity of two bald eagles named Mr. President and First Lady.
5) GIRAFFES GALORE: In Texas, the Houston Zoo webcam allows you to check up on the resident giraffes—and you can even control the angle of the webcam from your computer.
6) HUMMINGBIRD WATCHING: An anonymous California homeowner set up an online livestream for Bella—a hummingbird that has been returning to the same tree since 2005.
7) MAN’S BEST VIRTUAL FRIEND: This livestream from the Warrior Canine Connection allows users to admire puppies that are training to be service dogs for veterans.
8) ADMIRE THE ANIMALS OF AFRICA: As a means of raising awareness on the problems of poaching, the Tembe Live Wildlife webcam monitors a popular watering hole that is often visited by elephants, giraffes, and buffalo in the bushlands of Africa.
9) SENIOR DOG STREAM: If you’re not already hip to the awesome activities at the Old Friends Senior Dogs Home, this livestream allows you to get a sneak-peek inside the retirement home for elderly pups.
10) CRITTERS FROM DOWN UNDER: The Melbourne Zoo recently kicked off their #AnimalsAtHome livestream initiative by installing active webcams in their lion, snow leopard, giraffe, and penguin enclosures.
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