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Lion Cam

Animal Cam Educational Activities

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

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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 conservationist in your life — even if that conservationist is you!

Animal Enrichment

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

Lion News

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! 
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...