Do You Know What Part of the World These Animals Are Originally From?

By: Khadija Leon
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Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! There are hundreds of different animals that roam the world. While a quick trip to a zoo might introduce you to many of them, you wouldn't find most of them there organically. From zebras to panthers, do you know what part of the world these animals are originally from?

In the world, there are over 1 million different species of animals. This number might come as a shock when you think of the kinds of animals you see on a daily basis. You might have the classic pets of dogs, cats, or hamsters. You might even step outside the box with a pet frog or snake. A look into your backyard might have you seeing the common bird, squirrel, deer, or even a raccoon. 

A quick trip to the zoo would open you up to even more animals. You might get acquainted with giraffes, goats, penguins, and tigers. While it would only take you a quick drive to see these animals, many of them originally come from countries all around the world. Do you know what part of the world they're originally from?

Tigers and lions both originated from the same continent, but where could you find emus or koalas? Could you pinpoint where penguins are originally from? If you can, you're ready for this quiz! With the millions of different animal species on the Earth, can you pinpoint their location? There's only one way to find out! 

Let's moo-ve!

The pink armadillo, which is also called the pichiciego, is one of the smallest armadillo species found in the deserts and scrubby grasslands of central Argentina. These nocturnal animals have small eyes, whiteish-yellow fur and flexible shells that have a pink hue.

Located in waters as deep as 249 feet around the Galapagos Islands, the red-lipped batfish is also called the Galapagos Batfish. Although they are called fish, they aren’t very good swimmers and these animals use their pectoral fins to move along the ocean floor.

Also called the Kermit frog, this Costa Rican frog got its unique name because of its transparent underskin, that allows people to see the animal’s internal organs. The frog also has a lime-green skin. Some have yellow spots and bulging white eyes.

The superb bird of paradise, found in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea exhibit sexual dichromatism. The males are black with a blueish green breast, a green iridescent crown and a black erectile cape on their backs, while the females are reddish brown with a brown bared buff.

The African painted dog, which is also known as the African hunting dog, can be found in regions of Sub-Saharan Africa and although it is called a dog, it belongs to the Lycaon family and not the Canis species because it has fewer toes and different dentition. The females are the ones that leave the pack once reaching sexual maturity.

Pangolins are nocturnal mammals found in parts of Asia and Africa. They range in size from 10-40 inches and are known for the large protective plate-like scales that cover their skin. Many of the eight species are endangered because they are one of the most trafficked animals in the world.

While most leopards are found in the African savannas, the critically endangered Amur leopard (also called the Far East Leopard) is found in the temperate forests of Russia. These solitary animals are able to jump more than 10 feet vertically and more than 15 feet horizontally.

Technically, this ant isn’t an ant at all because it is actually a wasp who has a very painful sting. While the males have wings, the females are wingless and as such, resemble large hairy ants. The panda ant is white and black and was named after the giant panda.

Found in the tropical forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Okapis have often been called the forest or zebra giraffe. These endangered animals have white and black horizontal stripes on their legs, chocolate brown fur and they grow to heights of 8.2 feet.

The American Harpy Eagle is one of the largest rainforest raptors in the Central and South America. The eagle is mostly black, the underside is white and its feathered tarsi is in stripes of white and black.

The Gooty tarantula is an old-world tarantula which is found in the deciduous forests of southern India. These critically endangered hairy creatures have a very geometric pattern of white, blue, yellow and black that become more chromatic as the tarantulas mature.

Found on the island located between New Zealand and Australia after which they are named, these stick insects were thought to be extinct, only to be rediscovered in the early 2000s. Often called “the rarest insect in the world,” these bugs have become critically endangered due to the presence of black rats.

Snow Leopards are found in the subalpine and alpine zones of Siberia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and other middle eastern countries. Although they are a part of the big cat family, they are smaller than the other members, weighing between 60 and 120 pounds. Because they live in such cold climates, they have special adaptations that prevent too much heat loss.

The Bush Viper whose formal name is Atheris, belongs to a genus of venomous vipers found in sub-Saharan Africa. With a maximum growth length of 31 inches, these snake’s venom is extremely hemotoxic and is known to cause pain, swelling, hemorrhaging and in some cases, blood clotting problems.

All kangaroos are endemic to Australia and the government has estimated that there are over 30 million of them living there as of 2011. They all have very powerful hind legs which they use for leaping very long distances. Kangaroos are very important to Australians and they even appear on the country’s coat of arms and some of its currency.

The White Tiger, also called the bleached tiger, is just a pigmented variation of the Bengal tiger found in many Indian states. Their white color is due to a lack of the pheomelanin pigment, which is found in the orange fur of the Bengal tigers.

The three-toed sloth, which is sometimes called the monk or dwarf sloth, is only found on a small island off the coast of Panama, called the Isla Escudo de Veraguas. This particular species of sloth is much smaller than the others, weighing only between 5 to 7 pounds and growing to a length of 20 inches.

Found in various African countries, the elephant shrews are some of the fastest mammals alive, as they can reach speeds of 28 km/hr. The elephant shrew was named after the elephant because of its long nose and they are also called the jumping shrew because they hop around on their long legs.

This geometric tortoise is found on the western cape of South Africa and is known for its black and yellow shell arranged in a sunray-like pattern, which is said to help the tortoise to blend in with its environment. While the tortoise is listed as critically endangered, it is hard to get accurate numbers because of its lack of activity.

The poison dart frog is found in the tropical forests of Costa Rica and Brazil and come in a wide variety of colors, some of which include, gold, red, blue and black. This group of animals is also among the most poisonous creatures on the planet. Each frog has enough toxin to kill 10 grown men.

Wild pandas live in mountainous regions of China where they grow to heights of 4 to 5 feet and to a weight exceeding 250 pounds. The giant panda feasts on bamboo plants for over 12 hours a day, an estimated 30 pounds per day. These animals are very dear to the people of China and are very well protected by laws.

Ocelots are nocturnal cats that are known for their outstanding hunting skills in the leafy canopies of the Central and South American rainforest. These cats are able to swim very well and they have adapted to living near human settlements.

This species of marine crabs is also called the ‘tall-legged crab’ as it has a leg span of over 18 feet, and can weigh up to 40 pounds. These animals are considered a delicacy and are found in the waters around Honshu, a small island off the coast of Japan.

Endemic to the United States, these true frogs are mostly found in the temperate forests of the state of Mississippi. These frogs are blackish-brown and are covered in warts on their dorsal surface. The sound that the frog makes is likened to a human snoring and the frog has many defense mechanisms for when it feels threatened.

Andean Condors are some of the largest flying birds in the world and some have a wingspan of 10 feet. These birds live in mountainous regions of South America, and much like other vultures, they feed on animals, mostly by picking off of carcasses.

While many camels have two humps, the Arabian camel has only one, which is able to store up to 80 pounds of fat that sustains the camel in periods of drought and low food. These animals can travel over 100 miles in desert temperatures that reach 120 degrees F.

The Glaucus Atlanticus’s name sounds like an alien and it looks like one too. The creature is a shell-less sea slug that is known for floating upside down in the currents of the ocean. The slug has alternating colors of silver, grey, and blue that allow it to be camouflaged in the water.

The Lynx is medium brown to golden with patches of black hair and dark brown stripes all over its body. There are several species of lynx (Iberian, Canadian and Eurasian) found all over the world, with varying lengths and colors of fur and coat thickness.

Also called the Lesser Panda and the Red Bear-cat, the Red Panda grows to the size of a house cat, and was named after its reddish-brown fur. Found in the Himalayas and parts of China, these animals feed on bamboo like their giant panda cousins but are also known to eat smaller animals and insects.

The golden tabby tiger is a regular tiger that has a golden strawberry color which is caused by inbreeding of tigers with a recessive gene, which isn’t usually found in the wild. The stripes on this tiger are much lighter than those of other tigers and often fade into large patches.

Polar bears, while extremely adorable, are carnivorous bears which exceed 1,000 pounds and are found all across the Arctic Circle. Polar bears are related to the brown bears but have adapted to colder climates. This species has recently been listed as vulnerable because of habitat loss due to climate change.

Komodo dragons reach lengths of 10 feet long and are the largest lizards in the world. They are found in very harsh and dry climates of the Lesser Islands of Indonesia. Their bite has been rumored to be venomous because they have two glands located in their lower jaw that secrete toxic substances.

The bird of paradise, which is best known for its beautiful plumage and exotic colors, is found in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and parts of Australia. With more than 40 animals in the species, the birds vary in size, habitat, plumage and breeding patterns.

Pacu fish are omnivores endemic to the freshwaters of South America. While these fish are related to the piranha, their teeth are quite different. Instead of having the iconic sharp teeth of the piranha, they have straighter square teeth, that have been likened to that of human teeth.

The Tonkin snub-nosed monkey is an old-world monkey that is black and white with a pink upturned nose and lips, and patches of blue around its eyes. These endangered monkeys are found in the northern parts of Vietnam, living in altitudes between 700 to 4,000 feet.

Coqui is the name given to many species of small frogs found in Puerto Rico. The frog was named after a mating call produced by two of the coqui species. The once popular frog now faces population decline due to the introduction of a pathogenic fungus which impairs its skin’s permeability.

Although it is named after a wolf, and it looks like a fox, this animal is neither. Found in the grasslands of many South American countries, this canid is the largest and tallest one found in this region of the world. Its fur ranges from black to brown with its sides being reddish brown to golden orange.

The Golden Eagle is the largest bird of prey found in North America as well as being the national bird of Mexico. The bird feeds on small mammals and is known for flying at speeds exceeding 150 miles per hour.

The spotted deer, also known as Chital/Cheetal, is a native of India and its subcontinents. It is known for the beautiful white spots that cover the animal. The males are larger than the females and they also have antlers which the females do not.

Native to the island of Borneo, these primates are some of the largest arboreal primates in the world. Over the past half-century, the population of the Bornean Orangutans has declined by almost half, which now leaves the species on the critically endangered species list.

Only found on the African island of Madagascar, these creatures are relatives of the mongoose but grow to more than 6 feet long. The threatened species feeds on small mammals, some of which include wild pigs and lemurs.

Also known as the Giant River Otter, these creatures which belong to the weasel family are found in many regions of South America, mostly along the Amazon and Orinoco River. They use their large tails to propel themselves in water and their water-repellent fur to keep them warm.

Dung Beetles are found on every single continent except Antarctica, and were named because most of them feed exclusively on dung, while others either live in it, use it as a breeding chamber, or roll it into large balls.

The Northern hairy-nosed wombat is one of the rarest land mammals in the world and was given the name because of the short grey fur on their noses, something regular wombats don't have. This critically threatened species is now undergoing reintroduction into many different parts of the country in an attempt to increase its population.

The Gouldian finch, which is found in many parts of Australia, is known for its beautiful colors and cheerful chirp. While all of the birds are brightly colored, the males tend to be brighter than the females and have a purple chest.

The Bonobo is also called the pygmy chimpanzee, and along with the common chimpanzee, they are the only types of chimps in the world. Endemic to the Congo Basin, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, these animals live in many forest habitats.

Also called the Large tooth sawfish, this critically endangered animal is found in tropical and subtropical regions around the world. These animals can grow to lengths exceeding 25 feet and are found in depths between 30 and 80 feet.

This type of cichlid can only be found in the warmer waters of Lake Malawi in East Africa. These small colorful fish exhibit sexual dichromatism and come in many different colors based on their subspecies.

Like all other types of lemurs, the Coquerel’s Safika is found on the island of Madagascar. They come in a wide variety of colors, and their heads are often multicolored. They feed during the day and tend to go to sleep just before sunset.

The Araripe Manakin, which is found only in Chapada do Araripe in Brazil, is a small bird which is known for its unique color pattern. Almost 20 years ago, the bird was listed as critically endangered as the population was estimated to being less than 50.

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