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Animal Webcams and Videos to Watch in Celebration of National Pet Day

April 11 is National Pet Day. Get in the spirit with these delightful animal cams.

April 11 is National Pet Day. What better way to celebrate animals than by watching these enchanting webcams and animal videos? Join us for a virtual tour.


Social distancing has nothing on the Georgia Aquarium. Its COVID-19-related closure has given the aquarium—the largest in the Western Hemisphere—the opportunity to welcome some unconventional guests: kittens and puppies from the Atlanta Humane Society! Overload your cuteness quotient as you watch the baby animals romp through the exhibits. 

If that's not enough, you can watch one of the aquarium's many webcams, including the "Ocean Voyager" exhibit, home to Tank the Green Sea Turtle and the largest fish in the world, the whale shark.

Shedd Aquarium Chicago
The penguins who recently cavorted through Shedd Aquarium were entranced by these Beluga whales. (©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez )

Chicago's Shedd Aquarium recently let is own animals—a trio of penguins named Wellington, Edward and Annie —explore the exhibits during its mandatory closure. For more videos, head to its YouTube page to watch Beluga whales, otters, learn about animal care and more.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium also features a number of webcams—10 to be precise—for your viewing pleasure. Be entranced by the moon jellies, watch sea otters frolic and peer out into the open ocean


The live cams at the San Diego Zoo will keep you entertained all day. Visit adorable koala bears, get up close to tigers and polar bears, hang with baboons and much more.

Houston Zoo Gorilla Habitat
Take a look into the gorilla habitat through the Houston Zoo's webcam. (©Houston Zoo)

How fascinating is it to watch ants on camera? Find out at the Houston Zoo's Leafcutter Ant Cam. Additional webcams look into the rhino, giraffe and gorilla habitats.

Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo lets you connect to tigers, grizzly bears and bats through its live webcams. Then, see more animal feeds on its YouTube page; there are lot of baby videos to discover!

Animal Sanctuaries

Heaven on earth for animals lovers, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, is home to approximately 1,600 animals of various species: cats, dogs, horses, pigs, rabbits and exotic creatures among them. Get an introduction to them all on the sanctuary's YouTube feed.

The Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary, 73 miles from Nashville, provides refuge to elephants that are retired from zoos and circuses. While it's not open to the public, you can watch the gentle pachyderms roam free thanks to its Elecams.

Puffin Audubon
Love birds? Watch Audubon's adorable puffin cams. (©Neil Burton/Dreamstime)

Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rockland, Maine is home to a restored colony of puffins, razorbills and terns. Watch three different types of puffin cams on the Audubon's Project Puffin page; you can also watch a seal cam, osprey cams and more.

Audubon partnered with Explore.org to make its webcams available 24.7. While there, expand your viewing to watch farm sanctuary feeds, African wildlife feeds, whatever strikes your fancy.

Wildlife Parks

Central Florida's Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is one of the best places in Florida to see manatees year round. Watch live feeds above and underwater at Save the Manatee; if you miss out on any sightings, be sure to navigate further down the page to watch highlights from both cams.

Watch bears in Alaska's Katmai National Park & Preserve, aquatic life at California's Channel Islands National Park and bald eagle cams, also at Channel Islands.

And for wildlife documentaries, a hilarious look at animal habits—such as this honey badger who won't stop escaping from his enclosure—and mothers protecting their young, don't miss BBC Earth.