Relaxing Live Stream of Animals to BRIGHTEN Your Day (Penguins, Tigers, Gorillas, Sea Otters, Sharks & More)

Who doesn’t love animals…?

With what’s going on in our world right now, we could all use some positivity in our lives.

& there’s animals here to help!

While zoos across the country are closing, they are still offering a look into their exhibits. 

You can watch many different animal cams & live stream to hang out and add some fun to your day. 

Live Streams of Animals at Home

Also consider using these as a teaching tool for your children! You can create different activities or discuss the different animals in the context of Science to add some educational value while they are out of school…

Below are some of the best live streams on YouTube right now, but you can definitely explore online to find more. 

Kansas City Zoo

The KC Zoo is live streaming 24/7 inside the penguin exhibit. It’s a great break from the craziness of the news cycle right now. 

Pandas Live Streaming:

You can watch pandas living their best lives at Wolong Grove. Who doesn’t want to watch cute, cuddly pandas rolling around all day? It’s the break everyone needs! is the largest network of animal live cams so be sure to explore all the videos they have…

You could create an entire week lesson on animals using their videos. 

Jellyfish Live Stream at Monterey Bay Aquarium

You can watch a live stream of their aquarium tank to get a glimpse into the life of underwater animals. Sometimes there isn’t anything on the screen since the fish & aquarium life can swim away but its still so comforting!

You can also find TONS of other live streams at Monterey Bay Aquarium online.

The Sea Otter live cam runs from 10 am to 10 pm each day, so you can check this out during “schooltime”

The Coral Reef cam is open from 12:30 pm to 8:30 pm (Pacific Time) You can also explore the Kelp Forest cam, and Shark cam from 10 am to 10 pm.

Houston Zoo Animal Cams

Depending on which animals are your favorite, The Houston Zoo cams may be your favorite option! 

You can check out the Gorillas, Giraffes, Elephants, Chimps, Rhinos & other animals. You can even get a glimpse into the life of ants!

While these live streams are not 24 hours a day, many start at 7 am so you can check them out all day…

Cincinati Zoo at Home Safari & Live Stream

While the children are out of school, this zoo is doing wonders for exploring at home, including at At-Home Safari! They provide tons of resources for families to plan their own safari with the live videos…like this porcupine!

They will also be offering Live Stream at 2 pm (our time) each day of different animals. This is a great way to incorporate Science into your child’s schedule while they are at home.

If water animals are more your thing, check out these hippos! You can learn tons of interesting facts about hippos, like they don’t know how to swim!

Smithsonian Zoo Web Cams

The National Zoo offers many live cams of animals at the different exhibits. Last time we checked the website was down, but it is definitely worth including since they have so many resources. They will back up in no-time!

The Georgia Aquarium

This Atlanta aquarium has round-the-clock live streams for you to enjoy. Whether you want to watch in the middle of the day or you can’t sleep at night, there’s something for you. 

Watch animals like piranhas, jellyfish, penguins & beluga whales (among many other animals).

Wild Earth Live Streams: 2x a Day

These are live streams from South Africa, so it’s like traveling half way around the world!

Hosted on Twitch, animal experts will tell you facts, answer questions that you leave in the comments and guide you through learning about different animals – perfect for Science class!

It feels like a reality show in that there are many different angles, not just a positioned camera that is constantly watching the animals. You’ll get in safari vehicles, drones, rovers & walk with guides. 

San Diego Zoo Live Cams

Live streams at the SD Zoo feature a variety of animals from polar bears to koalas. You can also watch tigers, baboons, elephants & giraffes. There are regular live streams on their site, as well as special Facebook live streams on their page. 


24/7 Aquarium Live Stream

If the above aquarium live stream isn’t that interesting, check this one out. You can watch 24/7 so no matter what time of day (or night) you want to relax, it’s always available. 

This is also a great thing to have playing in the background while doing school work or chores since it has calming effects…



Consider using these videos as educational tools for kids – they can watch and learn about the different animals. You could even dedicate each day to learning about a specific animal….

We hope you enjoy watching the animals & stay safe with your family!

From our family to yours, iFamilyKC