Lion Cam

Watch the Smithsonian's National Zoo's lions live, 24/7 on the Lion Cam.

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!

Lion Cam FAQS

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.


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.


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