Where To Find The World’s Most Exotic Animals
There are so many beautiful things in the world that it can be hard to figure out what to see. After all, towering mountains, dense jungles, and sun-kissed meadows all have their own particular attractions. It isn’t just humanity that ends up being drawn to such places. Plenty of animals call them home. We only consider some animals particularly exotic though. Many of these are the ones that we’ve endangered in some fashion and made difficult to get a chance to see. Naturalists and others regularly comment on such animals and about how much of a chance they still have in a changing world. While all of us contribute to fighting climate change in our own way, it doesn’t change the fact that we have always seen some animals as more exotic than others. Typically, any animal that wasn’t from European countries used to be regarded as exotic but these days the standard has shifted a little. Let’s take a look at some of the world’s most exotic animals and where they can be found.
Western Lowland Gorillas
Humans have done their best to isolate themselves from the rest of the animal kingdom. We view ourselves as smarter and above other species without anything to support that idea. Humanity just got a different set of tools courtesy of the natural world. Our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, other primates, tend to give an idea of how thin of a line separates our species from the rest of the natural world. Gorillas are one of our largest primate relatives and sometimes terrifying in their strength and ferocity when roused to anger. Other times they are charming, intelligent, and gentle creatures that we work with to understand our differences as separate species of primates. Western Lowland Gorillas are some of the most exotic and endangered gorillas in the world. Unfortunately, the habits of this species are scattered throughout Africa where human conflict, disease, and development continually endanger what limited amount of space they have left. It makes them no less fascinating, but their chances at survival keep growing lower without stringent protection.
Seeing a snow leopard in the wild is a dangerous and comparatively rare affair. These endangered big cats roam the high mountains in central and southern Asia. Their distinctive and beautiful coats make them a sight to behold. Unfortunately, the inaccessibility of their home terrain tends to make sightings, film, and photographs of the animals incredibly hard to come by, to the point that much of it is modern in origin despite people knowing of the animals for centuries. Their habitat is largely endangered through a combination of people living in the area and climate changes slowly reducing their range and the availability of prey. The latter part leads to predation on the herds of domesticated animals that people in the region keep. Sadly, this often leads to conflict. Various organizations do their best to help work with the villages to protect their herds while still giving the snow leopard room to live as it always has amid the high peaks.
This exotic animal is both at once exotic and yet highly common at the same time. It has been a common pack animal to the people of central Asia to the point that most of the time the species is viewed as domesticated. The catch is that a handful of their wild ancestors continue to live on throughout the steppes of central Asia. The remaining wild ancestors tend to be found in particular regions of Kazakhstan, the Gobi Desert, and the Nubra Valley in India. What makes this situation so interesting is that their domesticated descendants are genetically different from their wild forebearers. Admittedly, most people will be far too taken by the fact that both species, while distinct, share the same trait: two humps instead of one. How long the wild Bactrian camels can hold out against the modern world remains to be seen, but for now they continue to be one of the rarer and more exotic animals in the world.
Exotic animals are all over the world. In some places, the common skunk of North America is considered exotic. The exact definition doesn’t matter as much as the animal is being something outside of the everyday. That’s why we’ve highlighted some of the most endangered animals. Our changing world affects more than us and in the end, we’re all part of the animal kingdom. We cannot affect one of us without affecting the rest of us in time.