The Most Exotic Animals in the World

The Most Exotic Animals in the World

On planet earth we find an immense variety of animals and living beings with unique qualities that make them extremely distinct and special. There are all kinds of mammals, birds, fish or insects that will fascinate and shock us. Keep reading this AnimalWised article to discover, the most exotic animals in the world. Planet earth is an amazing place.

Slow Loris

The internet famous slow Loris is a type of primate that lives in Asia. Their evolutionary history is mysterious since only fossil remains of their ancestors have been found. The slow loris doesn't have any means of protection against their predators, so they developed a gland in their armpits that oozes poison. They lick the secretion and when mixed with their saliva it becomes active, and then they bite their predators. They may even apply the poison in the coat of their young to protect them.

They are a species threatened with extinction and their main predator is the human being. In addition to the deforestation of their habitat, illegal trade is the main problem of this small mammal.

Possession of a Slow Loris as a pet is illegal worldwide. In addition, the complicated task of separating a mother from her offspring ends in the death of the parent. It is also known that some traffickers tear their teeth out with tweezers or nail clippers to make them appropriate for children and to avoid poisoning. Horrific.

Mandarin duck

Hailing from China, Japan and Russia and introduced in Europe, the mandarin duck is a race appreciated by its enormous beauty. The male possesses a variety of incredible colors like green, fuchsia, blue, brown, cream and orange. Because of its color, they have become one of the most exotic animals in the world.

They usually inhabit areas close to lakes, ponds or lagoons. They are considered carriers of good fortune throughout Asia, as well as affection and conjugal love. In important weddings they are sometimes offered as the main gift.


The tapir is a large herbivorous mammal inhabiting wooded areas of South America, Central America and Southeast Asia. It has one of the oldest families spanning about 55 million years. They have a very versatile trunk and are docile and calm animals. They are in danger of extinction, especially in Mexico, due to indiscriminate hunting, their low reproductive potential and the destruction of their habitat.

Pink grasshopper

It is common to see green, brown and even white grasshoppers. However, the pink grasshopper is of this color because of a recessive gene that, unlike other grasshoppers, they do develop. Although there is an isolated case of every 50,000, it is believed that the survival of this type of grasshopper is due to their color, that is no longer attractive to the eyes of predators.

Peruvian giant yellow-leg centipede

The Peruvian giant yellow-leg centipede or Scolopendra gigantea is a giant centipede species found in the lowlands of Venezuela, Colombia, Trinidad and Jamaica. They are carnivorous animals that feed on reptiles, amphibians, and even mammals such as mice and bats.

They can exceed 30 centimeters in length and has poison pliers with which they can produce pain, chills, fever and weakness. Only one case of human death by the venom of the giant yellow-leg centipede in Venezuela is known.

Leafy seadragon

The leafy sea dragon, is a beautiful marine fish of the same family as the seahorse. Originally from Australia, they have long leaf-shaped extensions that are distributed throughout their body, which helps them camouflage themselves. This is one of the most desired exotic animals in the world.

They look like floating algae and because of their physical characteristics, they are the object of various threats. They are trapped by collectors and even used in alternative medicine. Their current status is of minor concern, yet they are protected by the Australian government.

Getting sea dragons for your aquarium is a difficult and expensive process as distributing them requires special licenses to ensure the proper origin or permits. Still, captive support is very difficult and most individuals die.

Fanfin Angler

The Fanfin angler inhabits the deepest and most hidden areas of the world's oceans and there is hardly any clear information about their behavior and life. They have a small luminous organ with which they attract their prey.

The difficulties they have in finding a mate in the dark means large females become hosts of the male that enters inside her body like a parasite - keeping them fertilized for life.

Japanese macaque

The Japanese macaque lives in the region of Jigokudani. They are the only primates adapted to extremely cold temperatures and their survival is due to the woolly mantle that they possess that isolates them from the cold. Accustomed to human presence, during the inhospitable winter, they spend long hours enjoying thermal baths, where they share with individuals of a higher social class. They have sex in a heterosexual and homosexual way.

Pink dolphin

The pink dolphin lives in the tributaries of the Amazon and the Orinoco basin. They feed on fish, river turtles and crabs. The total population volume is unknown and is therefore included in the IUCN Red List. They are kept in captivity in some aquariums of the world, however, they are difficult to train which causes them high mortality to live in non-wild state. The pink dolphin is considered a true exotic animal because of its incredible character and color.


This is the hybrid produced between the crossing of the male lion and the female tiger. They can reach up to 4 meters in length and their appearance is large and bulky. There is no known adult male case that is not sterile. In addition to the liger, the Tigon is also known as the fruit of a cross between a male tiger and a lioness. Only one non-sterile case of Tigon is known.

Atelopus frog

There are several species of Atelopus, known for their bright colors and tiny size. Most of them, already extinct in the wild, are maintained due to captivity. They become the most exotic family of frogs in the world for their variety of colors such as yellow and black, blue and black or fuchsia and black.


The Pangolin is a type of mammal with large scales and lives in tropical areas of Asia and Africa. Although they do not possess a primary weapon against predators, the powerful legs they use to dig have enough force to break a human leg in one swoop!

They also emit foul-smelling acids to ward off predators or hide by digging holes in record time. They live alone or in pairs and populations have been reduced by the excessive demand of their meat in China. They are known for non-existent medicinal powers and are victims of trafficking.

Fennec fox

To finish, we will show you the Fennec fox or desert fox. They are mammals that inhabit the Sahara and Arabia and are perfectly adapted to the arid climate. Their large ears are used as ventilation. They are not a threatened species but the CITES agreement regulates their trade and distribution for their protection. They are tremendously small reaching 21 centimeters high and 1.5 kilograms in weight. This adorable exotic animal is one of the most beautiful in the world.

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