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

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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.

Adopt an African Lion

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

Animal Enrichment

Help replenish toys, puzzle feeders and training tools that are well loved by the Zoo’s animals. Donate to the Enrichment Trunk today.

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!