KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Zoo is ending its 24-hour live Penguin Cam that has been available to online viewers since the Helzberg Penguin Plaza opened 10 years ago.

The zoo said Thursday that the live feed from inside the penguin habitat grew to peak popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic, reaching about three million views per year.

The popularity came with increased challenges, according to the zoo, including ongoing harassment to zoo staff, which led to the decision to end the live feed.

“We know many will be disappointed by the end of the Penguin Cam and the zoo shares their frustration, but we must do what is best for employee safety and wellbeing,” the zoo said in a statement Thursday.

📲 Download the FOX4 News app to stay updated on the go.
📧 Sign up for FOX4 email alerts to have breaking news sent to your inbox.
💻 Find today’s top stories on fox4kc.com for Kansas City and all of Kansas and Missouri.

The zoo said it will continue to bring the penguins to fans through photos and videos posted on its social media pages.

The $15-million exhibit first opened to the public in October 2013.