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Lion Cam

Please Note: All Smithsonian museums, including the National Zoo, continue to be closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Animal keepers and veterinary staff remain working on-site at the Zoo and at the Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, to provide the usual highest quality care for the animals. The animal webcams remain online, but volunteers will not be operating them, so animals may not be visible at all times.

NEW: Educational Activities You Can Do at Home with the Animal Cams

Welcome to the wild side of learning! Activities in this packet are designed to engage students (grades K-5) in looking closely and thinking deeply about animal behavior and habitats. Download the packet (link will open in new window).

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To conserve bandwidth, the Zoo's webcams are set to turn off after 15 minutes of watch time. If the player times out, simply click the play button to continue.

Lion

African lion laying down with greenery in the background
The world's most social felines, lions roam the savannas and grasslands of the African continent, hunting cooperatively and raising cubs in prides.

Adopt an African Lion

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Adopt a lion to give the perfect gift to the conservationist in your life — even if that conservationist is you!

Animal Enrichment

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From painting primates to piano-playing otters, learn how enrichment activities keep the Zoo's animals physically and mentally stimulated.

Lion News

Red panda Asa with St. Patrick's Day enrichment.
Apr. 03, 2020
From flamingo courtships to weekly weigh-ins for the African lions, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is buzzing with beastly activity behind the scenes! 
Nov. 01, 2019
Fall is upon us, which means that it’s a great time to visit the Great Cats exhibit to see our African lions in action! When the temperature is between 45 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit, the cats are at...
Jul. 01, 2019
Lion cubs grow up fast, and even faster in zoos. In a long-term study, scientists at SCBI found that male African lions living in human care hit puberty a full year earlier than their counterparts in...