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

How many lions are at the Smithsonian's National Zoo?

Three! Their names are Shera, Shaka and Jumbe.

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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