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Animal Cam Update: June 1, 2015

We hope you're enjoying the Zoo's animal cams!

We're sorry to announce that the software running some of our older cameras will no longer be supported and must be taken offline. The naked mole rat cam, clouded leopard cam, orangutan cam, fishing cat cam, and Asian small-clawed otter cam will go dark on June 1, 2015.

Please note: Panda cam, lion cam and elephant cam are not affected and will stream without interruption.

The Zoo is exploring new technology and funding opportunities to expand online viewing in the future. Be sure to follow us on social media for the latest updates.

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.

Asian small-clawed otter cam

Watching Asian small-clawed otters: A family of otters, parents and offspring, live on Asia Trail. Small-clawed otters, the smallest of the world's 13 otter species, live in family groups and play often.

clouded leopard cam

Watching clouded leopards at the Zoo: Clouded leopards live at Asia Trail. You may see them leaping from limb to limb and napping on sturdy branches. Relative to body size, clouded leopards' long canines are the largest of all living cats.

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.)

fishing cat cam

Watching fishing cats: Fishing cats live at Asia Trail. These short-tailed cats are about twice the size of the average housecat. They attract fish by lighting tapping the water's surface with a paw, mimicking insect movements. Then, they dive into the water to catch the fish.

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.

Naked Mole-Rat Cam

Naked mole-what? Despite the fact that they burrow underground like moles, and have rat-like tails, naked mole-rats are more closely related to porcupines, chinchillas, and guinea pigs than to moles or rats.

orangutan cam

Watching apes: Several orangutans live at the Zoo. They can travel between the Great Ape House and Think Tank along the Orangutan Transport System (O Line), a series of towers and cables, 35 to 40 feet above ground. You may see them swinging on the ropes and making nests of hay to rest on.

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.