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Take a Virtual Visit to the Zoo

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.

Elephant cam

Watching elephants at the Zoo on the elephant cam: Our herd of elephants consists of six females and one male. Watch as they roam the elephant community center.

(Note: the elephant cam is stationary, and the elephants can choose to move to areas that are off camera.)

Lion Cub Cam

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.

panda cam

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.