The 10 Cutest Zoo Animals You’ll See Today

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Written by Kirstin Harrington

Published: September 8, 2022

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Whether you’re going on a school field trip or enjoying the day with your family, nothing beats going to the zoo. There you can see a wide variety of animals, such as lions, flamingos, and giraffes! We’ve made it easy to spot the 10 cutest zoo animals from the comfort of your own home. Let’s take a look at their precious faces, starting with a red panda!

1. Red Panda

Red pandas are capable of scaling trees head first and are outstanding tree climbers. There are less than 10,000 of these animals left in the wild, and they are classified as endangered. Poaching and habitat degradation are their two main concerns.

2. Pallas Cat

The Pallas’ cat is a diminutive wildcat that is renowned for having an oddly endearing appearance. Its flattened and rounded face, stocky physique, and extreme fluffiness give the impression that it is hefty and velvety.

3. Baby Elephants

A baby elephant, known as a calf, is roughly 200 pounds in weight and 3 feet tall. When they are born, they have poor vision but, like human infants, they can identify their mothers by touch, smell, and sound.

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4. Sloths

Since sloths were first given their name after one of the seven deadly sins, it should come as no surprise that they have long been considered the world’s laziest animals. In fact, sloths were called “the lowest form of existence” when they were first documented in the scientific literature in 1749. Unbelievably, we wouldn’t have avocados today without them!

5. Striped Hyena 

Contrary to common opinion, hyenas do not belong to the canine or feline families. Rather, they have their own family, the Hyaenidae, because they are so distinctive. Hyenas have a peculiar gait that gives the impression that they are always stumbling uphill.

6. Otter

One of the cutest aquatic animals is the otter. Their expressiveness and tool use are among their most endearing characteristics. The Mustelidae family of carnivorous animals, which also includes skunks, weasels, wolverines, and badgers, includes otters.

7. Red-bellied Lemur

The medium-sized red-bellied lemur is a monkey with a plush chestnut brown coat. These lemurs can be identified by white skin patches beneath their eyes, which provide a “teardrop” effect. Males are subordinate to females, who are in charge of leading the entire pack while foraging.

8. Common Marmoset

The Common Marmoset is a rare species of an ape with a distinctive look and several unique characteristics. The very gregarious Common marmosets live in family groups of three to twelve members, which are made up of a breeding pair and their numerous offspring. These primates eat mostly tree sap, along with a variety of insects, spiders, fruits, flowers, and nectar.

9. Cheetah

Cheetahs don’t roar like other “big cats,” which include lions, tigers, leopards, and jaguars. They communicate with noises more akin to a high-pitched chirp or bubble and snarl when in danger. The cheetah stands out among big cats because it can purr both when breathing in and when exhaling.

10. Panda

The giant panda’s striking black-and-white markings serve two functions: camouflage and communication. The panda’s face, neck, belly, and butt are all white to help it blend in with its surroundings in habitats covered in snow. Black legs and arms make it easier to blend into the background.

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Kirstin is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering animals, news topics, fun places, and helpful tips. Kirstin has been writing on a variety of topics for over five years. She has her real estate license, along with an associates degree in another field. A resident of Minnesota, Kirstin treats her two cats (Spook and Finlay) like the children they are. She never misses an opportunity to explore a thrift store with a coffee in hand, especially if it’s a cold autumn day!

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