This is a list of animals that you probably didn’t know existed. These animals are either endangered, hard to find, recently discovered or just “under the radar”. Check it out!



(Critically endangered: Hunted for it’s pelt to be used in accessories and clothing).

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Tree Kangaroo

These strange critters can be found in the trees of the new Guinea rain forests.

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Dumbo Octopus

This strange little fellow can be found world wide on the floor of the ocean up to 13,000 feet deep!

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Microhyla nepenthicola

These were once considered the words smallest frogs. They can be found in the Matang Range in Sarawak, Borneo.

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Pink Fairy Armadillo

This little critter has recently been put on the near-threatened species list. It is the smallest armadillo known, found primarily in Argentina

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Frog faced Soft shell turtle (Pelochelys cantorii )

This Asian giant soft shell turtle is on the endangered species list. Instead of a hard shell, it sports a rubbery skin. Amazingly, these guys can grow up to 6 feet long!

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Saiga Antelope

This animal is now critically endangered for being hunted for its horn (an alternative for the rhino’s horn).

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Like many African animals, this fellow can be found on the near threatened list.

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Red Lipped batfish

Although listed “least concern” these strange fish are extremely rare. If you are up for finding one, you better look around 30 m deep in the water of the Pacific Ocean around the Galapagos Islands and south to Peru. (They’ve even been seen around California!)

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Lowland Streaked Tenrec

The species is found in tropical lowland rain forest, in the northern and eastern parts of Madagascar.

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Purple frog (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis)

Found in the Western Ghats in India, this is also known as the purple frog and the pignose frog. Whatever you call it, it sure looks strange!

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Thorny Devil Dragon

These spikey guys can be found in the central deserts of Australia!

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