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Lion Cam

Watch the Smithsonian's National Zoo's lions live, 24/7 on the Lion Cam. Due to technical issues, the Lion Cam does not currently have sound enabled. We hope to have this fixed soon and thank you for your patience.

Download the Animal Cam Bingo Cards (link opens in new window). These activities are designed to engage learners of all ages in looking closely and thinking deeply about animal behavior and habitats. Welcome to the wild side of learning!

Is that a tiger on the Lion Cam? Yes! The Great Cats exhibit (home to lions, as well as Sumatran and Amur tigers) consists of three yards that are connected by tunnels below each enclosure. Keepers have the flexibility to move the big cats around these three yards at any time. Moving the animals around is a great way to give them environmental enrichment and can be essential for management practices like breeding, so you may occasionally see a tiger on the Lion Cam.

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To conserve bandwidth, the Zoo's webcams are set to turn off after 10 minutes of watch time. If the player times out, simply click the play button to continue.

Lion

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

Great Cats

Some of the top predators on the planet live at the Great Cats exhibit, including African lions and Sumatran tigers. At each habitat, visitors can learn about the cats’ characteristics, including social structure, hunting, reproduction and the Smithsonian's National Zoo’s efforts to care for and conserve these species.

Webcams

The Zoo's animal webcams are some of the most famous on the internet. Tune in to watch the Zoo's giant pandas, elephants, lions and naked mole-rats — live, 24/7!

Lion News

Amahle, the Zoo's 6-year-old female lion, lays with one of the enrichment balls in an indoor enclosure.
Jan. 08, 2021
Lions, tigers, cheetahs and bobcats – let’s play! Keepers Katy Juliano, Adri Kopp and Amber Dedrick know how to get the big cats they work with pouncing, roaring and purring for enrichment.
Aug. 21, 2020
A new genomic study ranks the potential of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein to bind to the ACE2 receptor site in 410 vertebrate animals. Old World primates and great apes, which have identical amino...
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!