The National Zoo is home to 1,800 individual animals of 300 different species. Our best known residents are our giant pandas, but great apes, big cats, Asian elephants, birds, amphibians, reptiles, aquatic animals, small mammals, and many others can be found at the Zoo.
You can take a virtual visit to the Zoo any day of the week by tuning into our live web cams, which feature many of the Zoo's animals.
Watching elephants at the Zoo on the elephant cam: Now in high-definition, these cameras are operated by Friends of the National Zoo volunteers to ensure web visitors have the chance to see the Smithsonian's National Zoo's six Asian elephants—Ambika, Shanthi, Bozie, Kamala, Swarna, and Maharani—both inside the Elephant Community Center and outside in their yards.
Watching lions: The Zoo is home to male and female lions. Tigers are lions' closest relatives. Without their coats, lion and tiger bodies are so similar that only experts can tell them apart.
Watching giant pandas: The Zoo is home to an adult female panda and an adult male. The panda cams follow the pandas in their indoor and outdoor exhibits at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat.