Studies have shown that interacting with animals can decrease levels of stress hormones and lower blood pressure. What’s the next best thing? Watching them!
Need more proof? Psychology and medicine agree – watching funny animal videos can help you enjoy life more, experience less stress, and build resiliency for the future.
While you can’t visit a zoo or aquarium in person right now, you can view them virtually!
Several zoos offer live animal cams where you can watch everything from sea otters to curious elephants to hypnotic drifting jellyfish:
- Explore lots of different live cams and find your favorite animals: Explore Live Cams
- Woodland Park Zoo: grizzly bears, tigers, and BATS, oh my! Or follow along on the story of the new baby gorilla, born on March 4.
- San Diego Zoo featuring polar bears!
- Missing the ocean? You can watch the tides come in and out (and more) at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Giant pandas, lions and the naked mole-rat – need we say more? Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute
- It doesn’t get cuter than polar bear cubs! Check them out here: Ouwehand Park Polar Bears
- Oregon Zoo YouTube channel
- Live cams at the Oregon Coast Aquarium (including a Shark Cam!)
- Have time for a quick pick-me-up? Watch this short video of a penguin chick make its first sounds at the Oregon Zoo in late March.
Information adapted from Western Oregon University