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10 Strange Animals And Where to Go to See Them

10 Strange Animals & Where to Go to See Them
Written by John Smith

For many travellers, the chance to see exotic wildlife is one of the major reasons to take a holiday to a specific place.

We’re no different.

Weird and wacky animals always catch our attention, and we’ve made sure most of our tours give travellers the opportunity to spot some of the world’s most unusual wildlife in the flesh.

There are some truly bizarre animals out there in the wild, so we’ve collected a list of our ten favourite strange-looking animals for you to enjoy—and perhaps to go in search of.


1. Pangolin (Africa and Asia)

Pangolins, also known as ‘scaly anteaters’, are peculiar creatures that bear resemblance to armoured anteaters. Surprisingly, they are more genetically similar to dogs, cats, and even seals than they are to their look-alikes, anteaters or armadillos.

Despite their odd appearance, pangolins are endearing with their adorable beady eyes, big feet, and their instinct to curl into a ball when threatened. Sub-Saharan Africa is a great location to spot three different subspecies of pangolins.

Sadly, pangolins have become critically endangered in both Africa and Asia due to widespread illegal hunting and poaching for their scales and meat.


2. Aye-aye (Madagascar)

Another unique animal found in Madagascar is the fossa, which looks like a cross between a cat and a mongoose. These predators are the largest carnivores on the island and are skilled climbers, able to hunt lemurs in the trees.

Unfortunately, like the pangolin, many of Madagascar’s endemic species are threatened by habitat loss and hunting. Conservation efforts are crucial to protect these fascinating creatures and preserve the biodiversity of the island.


3. Capybara (South America)

Capybaras are fascinating creatures and the largest living rodents in the world. They can be found in various parts of Latin America and tend to live near water bodies in large social groups. During the dry season, their groups can grow up to a staggering 100 individuals.

Their unique appearance is enhanced by the fact that they often act as perches for birds. However, what many people don’t know is that Capybaras are incredibly fast runners, capable of reaching speeds as high as a horse. They also have the ability to stay underwater for up to five minutes, which they use as a survival tactic to evade predators.

Despite their remarkable abilities, Capybaras are not immune to the threats of habitat loss and hunting. It’s essential to conserve these amazing creatures and protect their natural habitats for future generations to enjoy.