30 Countries With The Most Unique And Interesting Wild Animals - RAVE Reviews (2023)

With all the world’s news bordering on apocalyptic these days, we thought our readers might enjoy a perspective with some wholesome levity. With this in mind, RAVE takes a look at some of the best countries where you can see the most unique and interesting wild animals.

Not all of these animals will present a good travel opportunity for the whole family of course. Some of these animals are heavily protected by laws, and in some cases they are quite dangerous themselves. In any case, we’ll provide the details on where the wild things truly are.

We’ll tell you where each amazing species of animal lives, and where you should travel to meet them. So if enjoying some of the earth’s most majestic wildlife sounds like the ideal vacation for you–then keep reading!

Destinations with Unique and Interesting Wild Animals

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Sometimes it’s hard to believe that we’re a mere plane ticket away from countries (and vacations) whose wildlife is almost unbelievable! No matter where you live, there are places with wild animals near and far that can transport you to another world.

Even if vacations to see wild animals aren’t on your to-do list, you can still enjoy wild animals from afar and learn about the most important conservation efforts aimed at saving the world’s most precious animals. In this post, we invite you to join us on a virtual journey as we share 30 unique animal species in 30 different countries.

Are you looking for the best country to see wild animals? Maybe our list can get you started in the right direction. Then, all that’s left to do is buy your ticket and head out into the wild!

If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love.”


―Steve Irwin

Vancouver Island Marmots–Vancouver Island, Canada

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The Vancouver Island Marmot is famously named “Canada’s most endangered mammal.” The marmots themselves—which are only in the mountainous regions of Vancouver Island—luckily have many professional conservators there to help the population grow, such as the Marmot Recovery Foundation.

But don’t let the precarious position of these cute members of the squirrel family make you shy away from visiting them. The population is growing steadily. These one-of-a-kind mammals are in good hands. If you do decide to visit, make sure you consider this marmots’ amazing schedule. They hibernate over 210 days per year!

During hibernation their hearts slow down to just 3 to 4 beats per minute, an astounding drop from their usual 110-200 beats per minute during times of activity.

Manx Cats–Isle Of Man

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Of all the most unique and interesting wild animals on the planet, the Manx cat might take the prize for the most fascinating feature or lack thereof. Namely, their lack of tails! Zoologists have hypothesized that the Isle of Man’s unique and isolated location caused these house-cat-sized felines to lose their tails over time.

The history of the Manx cat is much more interesting than their stub tails. If you’re able to travel to the Isle of Man (ferries are available from Ireland and Britain year-round), be sure to pick up some local currency. It shows a Manx cat right on their coins! These curious creatures have indeed turned their genetic mutation into one of the most popular symbols of the island! Bravo to these one-of-a-kind animals.

And if you prefer to enjoy domesticated wildlife from the comfort of your own home, you can even consider adoption. This wonderful breed of cat has adapted well to domestication, and is the favorite breed of many cat lovers!

Lemurs–Madagascar

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Odds are, you’ve seen a lemur at some point in your life. Magazines, TV shows, and popular wildlife documentaries all seem to target these other-worldly primates. But there’s so much more behind the lemur.

Like the Manx cat’s story, lemurs developed their unique profile and expressive mannerisms due to their isolated island. Madagascar, which was challenging to fly to mere decades ago, is now more welcoming to tourists and lemur fanatics. Indeed, you can only find these devious but kind-hearted monkeys on Madagascar.

Though the Ring-tailed lemur variety has captured worldwide attention, there are over 100 different species. So, point your next trip to the big island of Madagascar. You’re sure to find yourself in a unique world.

Wilson’s Bird-Of-Paradise–West Papua, Indonesia

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Sometimes we have to sit back and enjoy the animal kingdom for its heart-stopping spectacle. However, Wilson’s bird-of-paradise might just take the cake for the most colorful explosion of outward beauty on this planet.

Besides the superlatives, this bird has a unique habitat too. It occupies the lowland rainforests of a few tiny islands off West Papua. Visiting these locations may require a little more preparation than visiting the Americas or Europe, but the trek is worth it.

Why? Because their habitat is diminishing and might collapse if conservation efforts don’t pick up. Thankfully, we have dozens of documentaries that show off this beauty. So while it might not be feasible to plan a trip to visit these amazing birds, you can certainly enjoy their majesty from the comfort of your couch!

“I feel like I’m nothing without wildlife. They are the stars. I feel awkward without them.”

— Bindi Irwin

Pink Land Iguana–Wolf Volcano, Isabela Island

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Have you heard of the Komodo dragon? Encountered the giant tortoises of the Galapagos? What about marine iguanas with their dinosaur-like skin? Well, let us introduce you to another ancient-looking reptile, the Pink Land Iguana.

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This is the only known location with reptiles who’ve adapted a rich pink coloration. This combined with the otherworldly environment (a volcanic island) makes Isabela Island one of the most jaw-dropping locations on this list. Visitors describe an experience similar to visiting an alien planet.

This magnificent animal hasn’t drawn the same attention as its lizard-like relations. One reason is its isolation. If you’re looking for a trip to enjoy wild animals like none other, plan to visit Isabela Island. North of the Galapagos, it’s a stunning volcanic landscape that fits these iguanas perfectly. Just don’t forget to share with others how endangered these pink specimens are.

There are fewer than 100 left! Thankfully this is something the Galapagos Conservation Trust aims to change through their breeding program.

“Humanity can no longer stand by in silence while our wildlife are being used, abused and exploited.
It is time we all stand together, to be the voice of the voiceless before it’s too late. Extinction means forever.”


―Paul Oxton

Gelada Baboon–Ethiopia

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When you visit your local zoo, there’s one area that most people just have to see: the monkey house.

But you’re not likely to meet the Gelada baboon from Ethiopia at any garden variety zoo. This is because the Gelada lives in a remote highlands region of Ethiopia on the open plains. Come to think of it; it’s quite an odd landscape in which to see a monkey.

Like lemurs, these baboons are extremely intelligent, humorous, and witty. Unfortunately, they haven’t garnered worldwide attention yet. But once you witness their bold red chest pattern, you’re sure to add these creatures to your list of wonders. Visiting Ethiopia might present some challenges when seeking entry, so it’s perhaps best to enjoy their majestic pose and funny antics from home.

Thorny Devils–Australia

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Australia is both a country and a continent of extremes. The internet contains hundreds of videos and first-hand accounts of Australia’s unusual and breathtaking snakes, insects, and mammals. But one specimen stands out from the rest: the Thorny Devil.

Named in a straightforward and purely Australian manner, these lizards are both cute and intimidating. If you’re looking for the best region to see wild animals, Australia is the place to visit, as it has some of the highest density of uniquely adapted animals in all the world. The Thorny devil resembles North America’s Gila Monster (in shape and name), but it stands out with its sharp spiky flesh.

These unique reptiles live up to two decades! An achievement aided by their astute use of camouflage, such as the “false head” on their backs designed to misdirect would-be predators to a thorny surprise. If you’re heading down under, be sure to see one for yourself. All roses have their thorns after all!

Bongos–Kenya

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What do the Lion King, BBC’s Planet Earth, and colorful encyclopedias have in common? For one, they give us a glimpse at the incredible diversity of African fauna. For example, the Bongo, which is critically endangered, just might be the most unique African animal out there.

Blending the vertical stripe camouflage of the Zebra with the graceful portrait of the Kudu, Bongos are genuinely a hybrid animal. You’re more likely to see one in a great zoo than in their native Kenya, though. Conservation efforts have kept them high up in the Kenyan mountains, away from poachers, such as the Bongo Surveillance Project (BSP).

Hopefully, their numbers will rebound soon!

Alabama Beach Mice–Gulf Coast, USA

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The United States has a uniquely diverse ecosystem. The land supports millions of species, with hundreds of them so well-known they could take over for the Bald Eagle as the national animal. However, instead of going big with the bison, moose, or other large mammals, we chose to go small. Thus, in a small part of the Alabama coast lives the diminutive and adorable Alabama Beach Mouse.

They don’t live anywhere else on the planet, and their entire population takes up only dozens of miles. So, even though they aren’t imposing, they are an essential part of the beach ecosystem. If you’re looking for wild animals that most folks overlook, take a trip to Alabama to see a truly one-of-a-kind rodent!

Giant Pandas–Central China

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Asia has some of the least-traveled lands in the world. There’s a good reason: many species in the continent are susceptible to prying visitors. The Giant Panda has the perfect Asian animal temperament: rare, shy, and hugely dependent on a stable ecology. So when a zoo obtains a Giant Panda baby, it’s always worldwide news.

China may be the best country to see wild animals, but many of them are protected. Enjoy the oversized, bumbling dignity of the Giant Panda at your local zoo. The more people realize how precious these species are, the more funding we have to protect them.

You can explore the rich history of conversation efforts for giant pandas here.

The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will.

—Theodore Roosevelt

King Cobras–India

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The king cobra is like an animal out of a children’s book or a popular comic. They even have myths and fables written about them. But there’s much more to these “charming” specimens than the stories tell. In person, you’ll see exactly how real-life they are. The snake can reach 15 feet in length and can even raise its head to five feet to look you in the eyes!

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Imagine meeting a snake as tall as a human being! In fact, they are the longest venomous snakes in India, China, and all over Southeast Asia— truly a monster of an animal.Obviously this beautiful animal is best enjoyed from a safe distance, but there’s several ways to see them in a safe environment around India.

Eurasian Lynx–Sweden

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Europe isn’t usually the first continent people choose for vacations to see wild animals. But that may be a mistake. Because in reality, Europe contains more biomes and ecosystems than anywhere else in the world, save the rainforests. The Eurasian Lynx from Sweden is one of the unique wild animals you can only see there.

Eurasian Lynxes are related to bobcats and the hundreds of Asian wild cats, and there’s a huge success story behind their current populations. In the 19th century, European and Russian poachers nearly eradicated them. However, today, they are thriving thanks to aggressive conservation efforts.

Despite their supple feline posture, these furry hunters rank as the third largest animal in Europe–just behind the brown bear and wolf.

Sloths–Venezuela

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When you look at a sloth, it’s hard to remember that you haven’t left Earth for another world. While it might seem reasonable to relate them to tree-climbing primates, they are actually genetically closest to anteaters! Go figure.

Sloths live all over Central and South America in tropical rainforests, keeping their distance from fellow sloths nearly their entire life. These animals are essential for biologists to track where some of the oldest species came from. If you can book a vacation to the Amazon, be sure not to overlook a tour to find sloths in the wild.

“Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius.”

—E. O. Wilson

Green Sea Turtles–Galapagos Island

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These prominent members of the sea turtle family swim near the Galapagos Islands, but they travel thousands of miles around both sides of South America too. A vacation to the Pacific or Atlantic coasts of South America is sure to allow you to observe a Green Sea Turtle in the flesh.

But their color is truly their star feature. The Green Sea Turtle gets its coloration from fat pockets under its rigid carapace. However, while you can view photos and documentaries all day long, it’s best to see their vibrant colors in real life.

Why? Their blue-green hue is truly striking up close. And despite their monstrous stature, they’re surprisingly deft swimmers. Quite the sight to behold!

Formosan Rock Macaques–Taiwan

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If there is any type of wild animals humans find irresistible, it’s primates. Monkeys and apes of all varieties capture our attention and leave us dreaming about what we are as humans and how far our culture removed us from our roots in nature. The Formosan Rock Macaque must be one of the most human-like monkeys in the world.

Formosan Rock Macaques live and groom each other in highly complex social units. Their faces, seen up close in their native Taiwan, are just as expressive as ours. They even take hot baths together! If you want to catch a glimpse at these one-of-a-kind cousins to humans, do it quick.

Their numbers have improved since poaching times, with their official designation suggesting “least concern.” You can explore the full history of these conservation efforts here.

Philippine Crocodiles–The Philippines

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Similar to the pink land iguana from Isabela Island, the Philippine Crocodile is both exciting and terrifying to see. The Philippines are one of the best countries to see wild animals, and their unique reptiles must be near the top of the list.

This crocodile only lives in the Philippines. It has developed a highly individual scale pattern, personality, and shape. These species have been rescued, in part, thanks to substantial native efforts to give them their own habitats. Once, men hunted them out of fear and a desire for their hide. Today, there are only about 100 remaining, but the population is going up.

Haast Tokoeka Kiwis–New Zealand

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Flora and fauna of the island of New Zealand never fail to surprise. Like other species which developed in island ecosystems, the Haast Tokoeka Kiwi bird looks like nothing else. Their unique spherical body and fine, needle-like beaks combine to make a unique profile.

But the kiwi has predators that outmatch its slow flight. So it’s currently a “threatened” species. As long as preservationists continue to save them, you’ll have no trouble vacationing to New Zealand to see the kiwi with the other wild animals.

Marine Iguanas–Ecuador

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Observing Marine Iguanas swimming is like watching a fairy-tale beast in real life. Though Darwin first documented these dragon-like beauties on the Galapagos Islands, they inhabit a larger area. Vacations to Ecuador aren’t complete until you visit the rocky, Martian coast and catch a glimpse of these iguanas.

Their scales are as tough as plate steel, and their tails—half their total size!—are razor sharp. Though they spend most of their time on the warm ocean rock outcroppings, they really show off their talents underwater.

For those with an inclination towards herpetology, these incredible reptiles are about as close as you can get to enjoying a living/breathing reptile.

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Maui Dolphins–Midway Islands

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Let’s face it. It’s hard not to love dolphins. All across times and cultures, people have adored these hyper-intelligent aquatic mammals. We know about their family social structure, responsiveness to human language, and playfulness. But do you know about the different sizes of dolphins?

Maui Dolphins are the smallest species on the planet. Named after one of their stopping points during migration, they live near other Pacific islands too. In person, you can see them circling Port Waikato. Their miniature fins and blunted head truly make them look human.

“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”

—Albert Einstein

Cocos Finches–Cocos Islands

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This next one is for our resident aviary enthusiasts. So much genetic variety in animals occurs in isolated areas, and the Cocos Finch is a great example.

There is no way around it: visiting Cocos Islands (over 600 miles south of Costa Rica) will take some planning. But the Cocos Finches are a good enough reason to try. The island has no inhabitants. It’s solely a nature reserve, so the finches thrive. Not only are they rare, but the males display a unique palette of feather colors seen nowhere else.

Did you know we developed another list of the best places to see wild animals just for island locations? Check it out!

Mexican Walking Fish–Mexico

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No, this isn’t the Mexican Jumping Frog from Mark Twain. Instead, this is the Mexican Walking Fish, and it’s just as fantastic and authentic as you might imagine. This species, actually a salamander and an amphibian, is one of the oldest continuously existent animals on Earth.

They genuinely look prehistoric. Yet, all along, these salamanders have been living in Mexico. Six hundred years ago, they were a major food source for the Aztecs. Today, it’s relatively easy to see these creatures in Mexico. But, keep in mind, despite being common pets they’re critically endangered in the wild.

Thankfully, experts are rescuing more every year. The Smithsonian Magazine explores the full and strange story of such conservation efforts.

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Clawed Frogs–Nigeria

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Continuing with the amphibian theme, we have a hard time looking away from the bizarre Clawed Frog from Nigeria. Measuring four inches wide and weighing only about two ounces, their size is commonplace. However, it’s when you see the small, clawed hooks on their arms that they stand out.

The claws help them crawl., as they can’t jump due to genetic mutations. Another interesting adaptation that Clawed Frogs have developed is their eyes on the top of their heads. It might be worth your time making a trip to Nigeria and Subsaharan Africa just to catch a glimpse of these natural oddities.

European Legless Lizards–Romania

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Just as the Mexican Walking Fish is a salamander, this Eastern European lizard looks just like a snake. Its dimensions are certainly snakelike, with a three-foot length and 14-ounce maximum weight. Yet, the people of Romania and Western Asia have recognized this hybrid animal for years.

According to local myth, if you come across one of these lizards and disturb it, they shatter into a million pieces. Though they aren’t made of glass, they do have segmented bodies. So if they feel in danger, they can split themselves into parts and flee! Many local zoos house these lizards, but we recommend visiting them in their local habitat.

Without disturbing them, that is! They will quite literally fall apart under stress, so always strive to be a responsible visitor in nature.

Hoatzins–Bolivia

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The Hoatzin, or Canje Pheasant, is undoubtedly one of the most unique and interesting wild animals. And we mean “unique” in the most respectful sense. Their heads have lots of intricate details that draw out the bird’s uniqueness. Witness their plume of orange tassels and distinctive long necks.

To see a wild animal like the Hoatzin, you’d have to visit them in their native Bolivia and other swampy mangrove areas all across northwest South America. If you can’t manage the trip, don’t worry. Their population is growing slightly. It looks like the Hoatzin is here to stay, for now.

Long-Wattled Umbrellabirds–Colombia

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Now here’s a bird that went all-out with its decorative costume. The South American Long-Wattled Umbrellabird lives in the hard-to-reach central humid rainforests. This bird makes a strong impression like other display birds and birds-of-paradise, except the Umbrellabird wears an all-black tuxedo.

The feathers droop down heavily from the beak and flip up from the eyes in a beautiful pompadour shape. If you get a chance to visit the South American tropical rainforests or zoos and reserves nearby, you won’t long forget the Umbrellabird.

Victoria Crowned Pigeons–New Guinea

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What comes to your mind first when you think of a pigeon? Rather monotonous grey feathers? Bad tempers? Or perhaps pigeons are your personal spirit animal. If so, the Victoria Crowned Pigeon is truly the king and queen of those ubiquitous birds. They are known for wearing an impressive crown of peacock-shaped feathers.

The Victoria Crowned pigeon also outweighs common pigeons by pounds (5.5 pounds) and stoops over them too (30 inches). They are the largest pigeon in the world, after the extinct Dodo bird. The history of its name traces the history of British rule in New Guinea. Regardless of the term, this is one remarkable wild animal.

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Few animals display the regality that this bird has evolved to show. Viewing this animal in the wild is nothing less than a magical experience.

Glass Frogs–Brazil

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To millions of viewers of popular nature documentaries, these translucent and almost plastic-colored frogs are already well-known. Yet, their precious jewel-like appearance never ceases to amaze. The glass frog lives primarily in Brazil, but these species have very few conservation concerns, and you’ll likely find a specimen nearby.

The glassy film that is their skin exposes all their vital organs. This fact has puzzled biologists for decades. Yet, the clear skin helps them escape predators at night.

Sometimes the strangeness of nature provides comfort to us. And this strange frog is a favorite among such appreciators of oddities.

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”

—Rachel Carson

Shoebill Storks–Sudan

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The shoebill stork has a humorous look, with its heavy, unwieldy beak seeming to force the bird’s head into a sleeping position. But there’s so much more to Shoebill storks than their off-balance appearance. These birds have been a treasured part of east African culture and myth.

Today, the population of Shoebills is threatened, despite their past cultural status. Nevertheless, these spectacular birds use their giant bill to catch equally huge fish from local rivers. The bill requires a massive body to support it, too. At 55 inches tall with a maximum wingspan of over eight feet, it’s one of the largest storks in the world.

Unfortunately, vacations and visits to Sudan and Zambia aren’t advisable at present. Instead, we recommend visiting a local bird sanctuary or zoo that keeps these massive birds. They specialize in standing absolutely still while hunting. They’re truly one of the most unique and interesting wild animals!

Giant Katydids–Malaysia

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For a lot of people, the fear of large insects is real and severe. There’s something off-putting about seeing a magnified version of an animal or insect you thought you knew. Yet, there’s still a lot of excitement about taking a vacation to see a wild animal or bug just to widen your experience of the animal kingdom. Go to Malaysia, and that’s sure to happen.

The giant katydid measures six inches across. That might seem to be a big jump in sizes from the katydids that populate the northern hemisphere, but it’s important to keep some perspective on these insects. The total number of katydid species in the world amounts to some 6,000 distinct insects.

Sometimes the sheer volume of various animals that occupy the world is shocking. Nevertheless, the Malaysian giant katydid is the largest known specimen.

Markhors–Afghanistan

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Markhors are some of the most unique and rare animal species in the world. They live primarily in the mountainous zones separating Afghanistan and northern India. While it could be challenging to take a vacation to observe this rugged and dignified type of goat at present, it’s worthwhile to seek them out in your local zoos and natural reserves.

The Markhor is a wild goat with a distinctive hairy coat and tall, curly horns that seem to call out for respect and nobility. Besides how they look, these breathtaking creatures have played a central role in Afghani and local Pakistani legends.

They call this goat the “snake eater.” Myth traces this name back to when local farmers used the Markhors’ foamy saliva to treat snakebites. Surprisingly, Afghanistan may be one of the best countries to see wild animals, although making the journey may not be practical.

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Conclusion

Thanks to our whirlwind globetrot to countries with wild animals, beautiful species are never far from home. While there are plenty of solid contenders, it’s probably impossible to judge any one place as the best country to see wild animals. Indeed, it’s better to appreciate the wildness and unique ecosystems that we live in every day. We all must learn to have more respect and awe for the other inhabitants of earth we often we take for granted.

What we’ve tried to offer here is but a tiny fraction of the wonders that nature has to offer with the goal that you might feel a part of the whole. Wild animals need people to support them, but sometimes that support has to be from afar. For further information, check out places like:

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Heather Ryerson

Heather Ryerson is a freelance writer who enjoys creating content across a broad range of industries, including travel, education, cannabis, and more. An iced coffee addict and Maine native, she is happiest when she is fully caffeinated, working near any body of water, and hanging out with the fam.

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  • Australia. #7 in Friendly. ...
  • Norway. #8 in Friendly.

What country doesn't like dogs? ›

Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately for those dog lovers considering relocating to Saudi Arabia, canines are viewed to be quite “unclean” animals by the locals – a generally accepted Muslim belief. As such, dogs are just not widely welcomed in the area.

What is the number 1 safest country? ›

1. Iceland. According to the Global Peace Index, Iceland is the safest country in the world for the 14th year in a row. Iceland is a Nordic nation with a relatively small population of 340,000.

What country has no poisonous animals? ›

Much like Hawaii, New Zealand is an island grouping devoid of native snakes. It also has no deadly spiders, killer jellyfish, or other creepy crawlies that are likely to kill you. Australia is home to all of those.

Where is the best country to live? ›

  • Sweden. #1 in Quality of Life. #5 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Denmark. #2 in Quality of Life. #10 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Canada. #3 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Switzerland. #4 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Norway. #5 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Finland. #6 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Germany. #7 in Quality of Life. ...
  • Netherlands. #8 in Quality of Life.

What is the deadliest country to live in? ›

Profiles of the Most Dangerous Countries in the World
  • Afghanistan. With a 2022 score of 3.554 (actually slightly safer than 2021's 3.631), Afghanistan remains the most dangerous country in the world for the fifth year in a row. ...
  • Yemen. ...
  • Syria. ...
  • Russia. ...
  • South Sudan. ...
  • DR Congo. ...
  • Iraq. ...
  • 8-14.

Where is the safest place on earth? ›

The Top 20 Safest Countries to Live In
  • Singapore.
  • Iceland.
  • Denmark.
  • Finland.
  • Switzerland.
  • Norway.
  • Austria.
  • Sweden.
13 Oct 2022

What are the 5 safest countries? ›

Iceland is still at the top, being the most peaceful place on the planet since 2008–unsurprisingly, Iceland also ranks third in the world for being the happiest country. New Zealand, Denmark, Portugal, and Slovenia rounded out the top five safest countries in 2021.

What is the nicest animal to humans? ›

Dogs. First on our list of the top 10 friendliest animals in the world is man's best friend – dogs.

What is the 3rd smartest animal? ›

#3: Chimpanzees

Chimpanzees are very smart animals and are able to solve many different problems posed to them by human trainers and experimenters. Our closest genetic relative comes in third place on this list of the most intelligent animals.

What is the most talented animal? ›

First up, unsurprisingly, is cetaceans - or for the purpose of this article, dolphins and whales. These creatures are supremely intelligent, with some scientists arguing that they are the most intelligent creatures on our planet.

Which animal will be gone in 2025? ›

Pandas, elephants, and other wild animals are likely to become extinct by 2025. None of these animal groups will become extinct within five years, although some specific species are critically endangered.

What is the most liked animal 2022? ›

It should come as a surprise to no one that dogs are the number one most beloved animal. They're not just popular- historically, the symbiotic relationship between dogs and people helped both species survive. The second most popular animal is the cat.

What is the newest creature discovered 2022? ›

In 2022, Rocha and team identified this rainbow-colored fish in the Maldives, which they officially named Cirrhilabrus finifenmaa, or the rose-veiled fairy wrasse, after the island's national flower.

What's the smartest animal? ›

1: Chimpanzee

Chimpanzees can learn sign language to communicate with humans. Topping our list of smartest animals is another great ape, the chimpanzee. The impressive intellectual abilities of this animal have long fascinated humans.

What are the happiest animals on earth? ›

The quokka, a small marsupial native to Australia, is one such example of a species vulnerable to extinction in the country's harsh surroundings. Known as the “happiest animal in the world” due to its cute and friendly appearance, these creatures are now only found in a few isolated forests and small islands.

What animal has the weirdest name? ›

The wunderpus octopus's scientific name, Wunderpus photogenicus, alludes to its fantastical appearance. "Wunderpus" is a combination of the German word "Wunder" (meaning "miracle" or "wonder") and the English "octopus." "Photogenicus" refers to the octopus's photogenic nature.

What animal can stay alive forever? ›

To date, there's only one species that has been called 'biologically immortal': the jellyfish Turritopsis dohrnii. These small, transparent animals hang out in oceans around the world and can turn back time by reverting to an earlier stage of their life cycle.

What is the scariest looking animal alive? ›

Fortunately their venom is not deadly.
  • The Black Dragonfish. Dragonfish (Idiacanthus antrostomus) with light-producing organ beneath mouth called barbel. ...
  • White-Shouldered Bat. ...
  • Fangtooth Fish. ...
  • Tapeworm. ...
  • Anglerfish. ...
  • Goliath Bird-Eater Spider. ...
  • Viperfish. ...
  • Giant Deep-Sea Isopod.
25 Feb 2019

What is the softest animal alive? ›

Considered the softest animal in the world, chinchillas have 80-100 hairs per hair follicle (hole that hair grows out of), where humans only have 1-2.

Which country has the most animal diversity? ›

Brazil is considered THE most biodiverse country on the planet – where one-tenth of the world's overall species call home.

What is the most unique country in the world? ›

According to the data from the Country Similarity Index, North Korea is the world's most unique country. No countries are especially similar to it. Although South Korea is similar to North Korea in geography and culture, its government, and infrastructure are vastly different from it.

What is the 2 rarest animal in the world? ›

Summary of the 10 Rarest Animals in the World
RankAnimal
1Kakapo
2Philippine Crocodile
3Amur Leopard
4Addax
6 more rows
28 Oct 2022

What are the 12 mega biodiversity countries? ›

The World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) of the United Nations Environment Program has identified a total of 17 mega-diverse countries: Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ecuador, United States, Philippines, India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Democratic Republic of Congo, ...

Which country has the most animals 2022? ›

The most megadiverse country in the world is Brazil due mainly to the presence of the Amazon Rainforest. The Amazon has the most diverse plant and animal life on the planet, with many different life forms not being present anywhere else on earth.

What is the top 10 beautiful country in the world? ›

The 2022 ranking for the 30 most beautiful countries in the world
  • Japan.
  • United States.
  • Spain.
  • France.
  • Germany.
  • Switzerland.
  • Austria.
  • United Kingdom.
7 Jul 2022

What country is #1 in the world? ›

Overall, among the top 10 best countries in the world for the best quality of life, the eighth, ninth, and tenth positions are held by France, Germany, and Japan.
...
The World's Best Countries For Quality of Life, 2021.
RankCountryScore
1Finland99.06
2Denmark98.13
3Norway96.75
4Belgium96.53
145 more rows
20 Jun 2021

What is the prettiest country on earth? ›

  • New Zealand. #1 in Scenic. #11 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Greece. #2 in Scenic. #25 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Italy. #3 in Scenic. #14 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Switzerland. #4 in Scenic. #1 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Spain. #5 in Scenic. #16 in Best Countries Overall. ...
  • Norway. #6 in Scenic. ...
  • Australia. #7 in Scenic. ...
  • Ireland. #8 in Scenic.

What is the hardest animal to find? ›

9 of the World's Rarest Animals and Where to See Them
  • All over the globe, natural habitats continue to disappear. ...
  • Amur leopard. ...
  • Sumatran rhino. ...
  • Hainan gibbon. ...
  • Black-eyed leaf frog. ...
  • Cuban greater funnel-eared bat. ...
  • Vaquita.
11 Jan 2022

What animal would rule the world? ›

The Ants

There's a good argument that ants rule the world already. Consider this: There are trillions of ants worldwide, far more than there are humans. Their total weight, if you could get them to sit on the scales long enough, would exceed ours. And they're already ahead of most animals in the intelligence stakes.

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