Your students can enjoy and observe animals without even bringing them into the classroom. Many animal cams – featuring companion animals or wildlife – are available now* and more are being added all the time. Streaming videos (live or archived) of animals is becoming more popular. Below are some suggestions:
Do you and your students have a favourite animal cam that isn’t listed below? If so, let us know so we can add it to the list!
*Note: The animal cams are not online at all times of the day. If a camera is offline, do a quick google search for live cams.
Wildlife Cams in Canada
- Bison Cam from Val Marie, Saskatchewan
- Ontario FeederWatch Cam from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (with educational resources)
- Pacific Great Blue Herons Cam from Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Their eggs are laid in March and generally hatch in April. You can even control the direction of the camera.
- Polar Bear Cam from Wapusk National Park, Manitoba
Wildlife Cams Around the World
- Honey Bee Hive and Honey Bees Landing Zone from Buchloe, Germany
- Gorillas from GRACE (Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center)
- African Animals Cam (elephants, hippos, giraffes, etc.) from a watering hole in Laikipia County, Kenya
- Tembe Elephant Park Cam from Emangusi, South Africa
- USC Wrigley Catalina Marine Reserve Cam in Big Fisherman Cove, California
- Jellyfish Cam from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, California
- Hummingbird Cam and Red Tailed Hawks Cam at Cornell in Ithica, New York
- Condor Cam from the San Diego Zoo recovery program
- Bald Eagle Cam, Washington, DC
- Osprey Cam, Great Horned Owl Cam and other wild bird cams from explore.org and Audubon
- The Hancock Wildlife Foundation has an extensive directory of animal cams.