October 18, 2019
Rarest Animals in the World
By researchers estimates, there are around 8.7 million different species living on the planet. Yes, 8.7 million! Can you believe it? In other words, there’s a totally different and completely unique animal for every single individual living in New York City.
Of course, many of you already know some of them. Keep reading and say hello to some of the most uncommon creatures that inhabit our planet. Here are the rarest animals, ranging from the smart to the wonderful to the downright scary.
Okapis closest living relative is the giraffe. The only place that you can find a wild okapi is in the tropical rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo. One of the most impressive facts about this creature is that it is the country's national animal. In addition, the Okapi features on local banknotes.
- Narwhal Whales
The narwhal is the unicorn of the sea located in Arctic coastal rivers and waters. These legendary animals have only two teeth. They are often sighted swimming in groups of 10 to 20. Did you know that Inuit people hunt the narwhal for their skin and their long tusks? They are a vital source of vitamin C within the traditional Arctic diet.
- Giant Oarfish
Also known as ‘messengers of the sea’, giant oarfish are mainly seen when they are awashed ashore. They would regularly trigger fears of earthquakes. Since these creatures live so deep under the water, researchers have struggled to do much research on them in the past.
- White Lion
The white lion is a genetic variation of the tawny lion. But they are not albino. How? These creatures do not have pink paw pads nor red eyes. The white lions are only located in the Timbavati region of South Africa. Plus, they have featured in many tribal stories. Legend has it, the white lion is a Messenger from the Gods. They bring peace and prosperity to the lands.
- Pink Dolphins
The pink dolphin live only in freshwater. These special creatures are located throughout much of the Amazon and Orinoco river basins in Venezuela, Peru, Guyana, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil and Bolivia. They are relatively abundant freshwater cetaceans with an estimated population in the tens of thousands.
- Caracal, African Lynx
Caracals are very beautiful cats. They are found in most regions of Africa and from the Arabian Peninsula through northwest India. Caracals are mainly terrestrial. Also, they are excellent jumpers and climbers. They prey primarily on rodents, birds and small antelopes. Like most of the wild cats, Caracals stalk their target before pouncing on it.
- Golden Tabby Tigers
The Golden Tabby Tiger is a rare colour variation of this exquisite wild cat. It is characterised by its stunning fawn-coloured fur with its light-orange stripes and pale belly and legs. One of the most interesting facts about these creatures is that they are considerably larger than the average Bengal Tigers. Also, the Golden Tabby Tiger only exists in captivity nowadays.
Which of these uncommon animals would you like to encounter one day?