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Lion Cam

Watch the Smithsonian's National Zoo's lions live, 24/7 on the Lion Cam. Please note that due to technical issues, the Lion Cam does not currently have sound enabled.

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!

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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!