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One of my favourite things to do is see animals in the wild, whether it be on safari in South Africa, orangutans in Borneo or deers in Richmond Park. I find viewing animals in their natural habitat relaxing as well as mesmerising, but sadly, it is not something I can do too frequently.
Which is why I was excited to find a number of free live National Park webcam streams available online to enjoy from the comfort of my own living room.
What is a wildlife live stream?
Wildlife streams are unmanned cameras which are set up around different national and safari parks around the world. They run 24/7 monitoring the movement of the animals for use in research, however, some then choose to share the footage online so the public can view it as well – all of the footage is live, meaning you are watching as it happens.
This can also mean, just like in real life, you have a lot of time watching with not much happening, but when animals do cross the cameras it starts to get exciting.
Live national park streams are great to have running in the background on the TV while working on something else or if you have children, I think they are brilliant for helping kids get engaged with wildlife and to have a chance to see animals acting naturally in the wild.
The Best National Park Webcams for Wildlife Spotting
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
The Tembe Elephant Park is a Big Five reserve with abundant elephant and buffalo sightings. The main camera shown on this stream is by the waterhole, meaning there is normally always large herds of African Elephant around.
In this stream, it is not unusual to see the elephants bathing in the watering hole or see the younger elephants in the herd playing.
Buffalo are often commonly seen as well but as a Big 5 park, there are also chances of seeing Lion and Leopard as well!
Limpopo, South Africa
I was incredibly excited when I found this stream as it is the river which backs onto the Baboon Rehabilitation Centre I first volunteered at, it takes me straight back to being there.
The cameras are always focused on the river and the main animals I normally spot on here are antelope and elephant, however, there are many baboons in the area as well as hippos, giraffe and lion.
You will need a lot of patience with this camera but it is definitely one of my favourites.
Seeing Gorilla in the wild is an absolute dream for many, including me which is why I love this live gorilla camera. But, be warned, you need to have a lot of patience for this camera, meaning it may not be as great for the kids.
Even on the off chance when the gorillas do appear they can be very far away still but it is an incredible experience when you do see them.
Homosassa Springs wildlife state park, Florida
Homosassa Springs wildlife state park has often been called the most beautiful river in the world and it is also a sanctuary for rehabilitated manatees.
The park is home to rescued manatees which cannot be released back into the ‘true wild’, after being treated for injuries and undergoing rehabilitation they are then released into the river to live out the rest of their lives.
There is something incredibly relaxing watch this above water camera and seeing the gentle giants gracefully move through the water with ease. Aside from manatees, large amounts of fish and birdlife can also be spotted on this camera.
You can also watch the underwater manatee camera here.
Robson Bight Orca Camera
British Columbia, Canada
Want to see Killer Whales in the wild? Of course, you do. The Robson Bight Camera watches over a popular Orca lookout point in British Columbia, Canada.
The camera runs purely on solar power and therefore is not always available but when it is working and the Orcas are in sight it is truly wonderful. When the cameras are not working the stream replays highlights of old sightings which are just as fantastic to watch.
Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canada
These particular cameras are focused on the maternity dens of the Polar Bears in Wapsusk National Park, which means adorable baby polar bears!
The best viewing time of this camera is from October – November when the polar bear families are often in view waiting for the sea-ice to form for hunting.
These wildlife cameras are stationed in the park provide viewing opportunities to see the elk during every season. From late May into early June, tune in to view the calving season.
During September and October, you can watch the elk rut, when the males aggressively compete for mates.
If you are looking to learn more about wildlife rehabilitation or to even teach your kids about it, then I highly recommend viewing the live stream from The Wildlife Aid Foundation in Surrey, England.
Each Spring the cameras go live above the orphaned fox cub and badger dens allowing you to watch the cubs 24 hours a day. I may be biased as I used to volunteer here but I love this stream, I love checking in every couple of days to see the changes in the cubs and to see how they have grown.
It is a fantastic stream to watch to really get an understanding of the work which goes into wildlife rehabilitation in order for a successful release.
National park webcams and animal webcams are a great way to pass the time at home, whether you are looking for a relaxing distraction, a way to educate kids or just a way to see animals when you are not travelling.
Do you ever watch wildlife streams?