When you live in the city or suburbs, nature can sometimes seem very, very far away. But your weekend hikes and occasional trips to national parks don’t need to be the only time you get the chance to feel close to the wild. While technology can isolate us from nature, it can also bring us closer by providing a unique view into the animal kingdom—these days you can find dozens of mesmerizing wildlife webcams online (many of them thanks to the awesome educational media organization Explore.org). Here, 11 of our favorite live cams offering a rare glimpse at some of nature’s most magnificent creatures.
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