Or in this case, it could be a lion or a cheetah too. While we’re all confined to our homes indefinitely, it’s a great time to explore places we’ve never been to before thanks to our good friend, the world wide web. Through Facebook and YouTube live sessions, you can take a wildlife safari online and get the whole jungle experience without getting off the couch.
Watch leopards and lions in the wild on WildEarth
Bring a little of the African wilderness straight into your home via safariLive by WildEarth. The show is completely unscripted and unpredictable—so you never know what you’re going to see next. It’s hosted by an expert game ranger in Africa in real-time, with drones and remote cams searching the savannah for the safari’s favourite characters. Say hello to Tingana, a male leopard whose name means ‘shy’, because he was initially skittish about filming vehicles—but he’s warmed up to the cameras now. Another favourite is Scarface the lion, who can be found ruling over the pride along with his brothers. There are sunset and sunrise safaris to choose from, so you have to get the timings right to tune in live.
Deep in the Djuma Game Reserve, a private game reserve on the western border of Kruger National Park, there’s a camera that watches over the Gowrie dam 24×7. With a live stream that’s been broadcasting since 1998, this is one of the oldest waterhole cams in the world. You can spot impala, waterbuck and lots of birds and mammals coming to the waterhole to drink. With some luck you’ll even see some of the big cats lounging by the water or closing in on a kill nearby.
Whether you’d like to watch eagles snuggling in their nests in Iowa, USA, sharks cruising in the Atlantic or gorillas tree hopping in Rwanda, South Africa, Explore.org has live nature cams from across the world.
Africam has six live cams which take you deep into the remote wilderness of Africa across spots like the Tembe Elephant Reserve, Naledi waterhole and Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Spot giraffe and deer grazing, elephants playing and warthogs bathing!