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5 of the world’s most missed animals


One of essentially the most attractive issues about travelling overseas is the possibility to see the fascinating and strange creatures of the world. There are many iconic wildlife experiences, whether or not it’s taking a look at lions laze within the grasses of South Africa, assembly mountain gorillas within the dense jungles of Rwanda and Uganda or watching wildebeest thunder throughout the Serengeti plains. However, there are many phenomenal animal-spotting experiences throughout the globe which can be much less well-known, and infrequently missed. We’ve collated a few of these very experiences to convey you our prime 5 missed animals.

 Pangolin in Africa
 Tapir in Central and South America
 Manatee within the Amazon Basin
 Fossa in Madagascar
 Tarsiers in Borneo


A shy nature and being the world’s most trafficked mammal imply the pangolin is a uncommon spot, however its undoubtedly not one you’ll overlook. These distinctive trying animals are the one mammal on the planet to be coated head to tail in scales, that are massive, arduous and defend them from the jaws of predators. They could be present in plenty of African nations together with Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zambia and components of Uganda, Kenya, Malawi and Namibia.

In these nations, the Big 5 sport usually take the highest spot for desired wildlife viewing, and with good motive, however seeing the elusive pangolin foraging for bugs and larvae is a uniquely particular expertise.

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A Pangolin has an extended, skinny tongue that may develop to longer than the size of its physique and helps it to eat round 70 million bugs a yr!


The Thai title for a tapir is ‘P’som-sett’ which roughly interprets as ‘the mixture is finished’ and comes from a perception that they have been created from the leftover components of different animals. With a physique much like a big pig and a snout like a small elephant trunk, it’s straightforward to see why! This weird creature could be present in Central and South America in Costa Rica, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Paraguay, nations extra well-known for his or her birdlife, monkeys and marine life.

Tapir’s typically inhabit forest and jungle areas and could be noticed trying to find scrumptious berries, fruit and leaves alongside well-worn trails. If you’re fortunate it’s possible you’ll spot an lovable child tapir which has a particular striped coat.

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Tapirs are wonderful swimmers. When approached by a predator they’ll usually run for the water, utilizing their lengthy snouts as snorkels.


The ‘gentle giants’ of the water, manatees are massive, slow-moving aquatic creatures that many sailors of the previous mistook for mermaids. The Amazonian manatee, the smallest of the species, lives within the Amazonian Basin which covers Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. They are pleasant, inquisitive animals and have a tendency to flock in direction of human exercise, which makes for an awesome commentary expertise however may also make them susceptible.

Manatees have hippo-like snouts, fore-limbs that resemble paddles and lengthy, flat rear finish. Travellers could usually head to the Amazon looking for jaguars, monkeys, caiman and birdlife however an encounter with one of the crucial peculiar animals within the area is a should.

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Manatees solely have six neck vertebrae (in comparison with the seven most different mammals have) which suggests they’re unable to show their heads and should flip their entire physique round to see what’s behind them.


Fossa are discovered solely in Madagascar and are the island’s prime predator. Reaching as much as six ft in size, because of their lengthy tails, they appear one thing like a cross between a canine, a cat and a mongoose. They hunt day and evening, on the bottom and within the bushes and are the one predator able to searching massive lemurs as they’re each sooner and higher camouflaged.

The fossa might not be as famed as Madagascar’s lemurs, chameleons and geckos however it’s each bit as thrilling. Sightings of those elusive creatures are comparatively uncommon however head to Kirindy Reserve for one of the best likelihood to see them.

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There are many Malagasy legends concerning the fossa. One states that the animal is able to licking an individual in such a manner that it sends them right into a trance from which they’ll by no means awaken.


Think of Borneo and also you instantly image an orangutan effortlessly shifting from department to department of dense jungle. Yet there’s one other tree-dwelling creature that deserves simply as a lot consideration – the tarsier. This tiny primate is just round 9-16 cm in size, with a tail of virtually double that, and it has extraordinarily massive eyes, every of which is bigger in measurement than its mind. It’s these massive eyes that give it its distinctively cute look. Tarsiers hunt by leaping from one tree to a different, catching unsuspecting prey. They can leap as much as 16.four ft at a time – a sight to behold for these lucky sufficient to catch it.

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Tarsiers are the one carnivorous primate, with diets consisting of lizards, bugs, frogs and the occasional bat.

Matt Rushbrooke is Director of Touring & Tailormade at Rainbow Tours.

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