Naked mole-rats live underground and are the only true eusocial mammals, spending their lives in large colonies with a single breeding female. Watch as the Zoo’s colony eats, sleeps and explores its brand new habitat, which features 16 chambers and nearly 25 feet of winding tunnels to patrol. Have a question about what's happening on the webcam? Check out the Naked Mole-rat Cam FAQs!
Please Note: All Smithsonian museums, including the National Zoo, continue to be closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Animal keepers and veterinary staff remain working on-site at the Zoo and at the Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, to provide the usual highest quality care for the animals. The animal webcams remain online, but volunteers will not be operating them, so animals may not be visible at all times.
Welcome to the wild side of learning! Activities in this packet are designed to engage students (grades K-5) in looking closely and thinking deeply about animal behavior and habitats. Download the packet.