Animals That You May Not Have Known Existed
AllOutdoor Staff 07.09.14
Here are some pretty neat looking animals that aren’t commonly known. My favorite is the Fossa!
Babirusa means “Hog-deer,” and they are found in Wallacea or specifically the Indonesian islands of Sulawesi, Togian, Sula, and Buru. Their tusks will continue to grow into their own skull if the babirusa does not grind them.
The fossa is a cat-like, carnivorous mammal that is endemic to Madagascar. The fossa is the largest mammalian carnivore on the island of Madagascar and has been compared to a small cougar.
The gerenuk, also known as the Waller’s gazelle, is a long-necked species of antelope found in dry thorn bush scrub and desert in Eastern Africa. They can reach higher branches and twigs than other gazelles and antelope by standing erect on their rear legs and stretching their elongated necks.
The markhor is a large species of wild goat that is found in northeastern Afghanistan and Pakistan. The speciesis classed by the IUCN as Endangered, as there are fewer than 2,500 mature individuals.
The maned wolf, in South Africa, is the tallest of the wild canids, and its long legs are most likely an adaptation to the tall grasslands of its native habitat.
Found in south Asia, it has soft, short, brownish or greyish hair and is omnivorous, feeding on grass, fruits, shoots, seeds, birds’ eggs, as well as small animals. It sometimes even displays scavenging behavior, feeding on carrion. It gives calls similar to barking, usually upon sensing a predator.
The Tufted Deer is a small species of deer characterized by the prominent tuft of black hair on its forehead. It is a close relative of the muntjac, living somewhat further north over a wide area of central China.
See the full list of animals here.