Following are links to "live streaming" animal cams featuring: baby pandas, elephants, giraffes, gorillas, apes, seals, black bears, polar bears, beluga whales, shamu, dolphins, and penguins.
First, check out this incredible live streaming video from a wildlife cam in South Africa!…
Botswana South Africa Watering Hole
Pete Le Roux, the general manager of Mashatu Game Reserve in South Africa, set out to protect Botswana’s wildlife and give them room to run free in expanded territory. Concerned by the toll taken by wildlife poachers, Le Roux created his own watering hole in Africa. Then he set up a wildlife cam and began studying the animals there, with the greater vision to build links between all of the countries’ national parks and reserves.
Pete’s watering hole (also known as Pete’s Pond) has been so successful at luring animals to this location that experts are concerned that some animal populations have outgrown the land.
Here’s the wildlife cam. What’s cool is the fact that it’s actually LIVE and you can hear the animals as they’re walking into the water, the birds chirping nearby, and various animal ruckuses.
NOTE: The camera is stationary part of the time, then it spans around to various places near the watering hole at times. As a result, you never get bored just waiting for an animal to come "into the screen".
They tell you when the best viewing times are. I checked it out at 11AM on a weekday and saw A LOT of activity!
Embark on a quiet adventure and watch wildlife gather at Pete’s Pond. Baby baboons scurry in the dust. Wildebeests push and shove to make room at the watering hole. Warthogs wallow in the mud.
Here’s a list of the different species you’re likely to see on the video.
They’ve also got a daily blog which details their study of animal behaviors at this watering hole.
If there’s not much going on at the time you tune in (if it’s pitch black at night or something), then take a look at their video highlights — saved video footage from previous days at the watering hole.
UPDATE FROM A READER:
"Pete’s Pond is due to be shut down for lack of funding. Shut down date is 2/28/10. It’s also not manned anymore. The Cam operator left. And just to add some corrections. Normally, they do not know when or what animals will show up. the cam used to pan at night, with live operator during the day. This is all gone as of Feb 2010."
Baby Panda Cams
A panda cub was born at the San Diego Zoo on August 2, 2005.
According to the website:
"Following Chinese tradition, she will be named at 100 days of age."
…which, according to my calculation (though I’m very bad at math), would be on or about November 10th. In which case, I think she should be named "Lynnette" in honor of my November 14th birthday. Check out their website to see what name they ultimately choose for this cute little panda cub!
Here’s the live streaming Panda Cam. At this point, she’s cute in that "ugly newborn baby animal kind of way"… The webcam does pretty much provide a round-the-clock view of her though.
Another baby panda was born on July 9, 2005 at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. This one is a boy, and his name will be decided on October 17th.
The July 9 birth of a male panda cub at the National Zoo generated 637,000 visits to the zoo’s panda Web page over a three-day period, said Peper Long, a zoo spokeswoman. Source
This little guy is definitely in the prime of his "cute stage"! He’s full of fur and loves to roll around and sleep in front of the camera.
In addition to the zoo’s daily panda blog, featuring an update on the mother and baby, there are two camera views you can choose here:
Indoor Panda Cam (…usually see the baby cub rolling around or resting, or mother and baby hanging out; camera frequently zooms in and captures different angles)
Outdoor Panda Cam (…usually see the mother panda munching on bamboo)
EXTRAS: Panda fans will also enjoy the baby panda photos of this little guy, and the accompanying video. And don’t miss this video of the panda cub’s parents featuring their first days at the National Zoo.
Other Animal Webcams
There are kabillions of these things around, so I picked my personal favorites, based on the type of wildlife animals I most enjoy watching… (NOTE: Webcams are popular on weekends… which means you are more likely to receive "too many connections" errors.)
Sea Life Cams
- SeaWorld San Diego (…Shamu’s Underwater Cam show Shamu performing during the park’s operating hours)
- Ocean Sciences Centre (…active and playful harp seals in water)
- Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre (…easy to see the beluga whales swimming; requires download of ActiveX Cam file first)
- Minnesota Zoo (…I saw three dolphins here, including a baby)
- Monterey Bay Aquarium (…lots of penguins playing on the rocks)
- Smithsonian National Zoological Park (…saw some elephants near their watering hole)
- The Elephant Sanctuary (…looks like the camera’s aimed at a spot frequented by elephants, but I never saw any)
- San Diego Zoo (…look out over the entire preserve to see elephants — including babies — roaming around)
- Toledo Zoo (…look close and you might see Baby Louie)
- Roger Williams Park Zoo (…saw an interesting giraffe inside the giraffe house)
- Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (…watch the giraffes go out past their specially designed draw bridge each day)
- Smithsonian National Zoological Park (…I saw more people walking past the camera than actual gorillas)
- San Diego Zoo (…very little great ape activity the time that I checked)
- Woodland Park Zoo (…supposedly black bears play here in the trickling water stream)
- San Diego Zoo (…I saw two polar bears playing in the water for a LONG time)