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Top 10 Animals With Camouflage So Good They’re Basically Invisible Picture

One of the more amazing facts about animals is how so many of them use camouflage to either hide from predators or even hide from potential prey. A well-camouflaged animal simply blends into its surroundings, whether it is the ocean floor, the forest floor, or the leaves or bark of a tree. Sometimes, animal camouflage […] Read More

The Top 10 Illegal Pets to Own In the United States Picture

If you live in the United States and think that you would love to own an exotic pet, check your state’s laws before buying the pet. Many states have illegal pet laws that you must obey. Even some animals that are commonly raised as pets in other areas of the world may be illegal animals […] Read More

The Animals of Minecraft — And Their Real-Life Counterparts Picture

Minecraft has grown into a massive phenomenon for the public, evolving significantly in the last decade. You may come across mobs, which are animals and monsters that move around independently. Getting them to follow you is a rather easy task, enticing them with food. Do you know the real species that the animals of Minecraft […] Read More

The 10 Smartest Animals in the World Picture

Human beings have the tendency to feel overly secure in our position at the top of the food chain. We take for granted the fact that we are the most intelligent animals on the planet without ever actually considering what it is that sets us apart. Is it object permanence, the ability to plan, tool […] Read More

The World’s Top 10 Animals That Mate for Life Picture

What animals mate for life? There are many creatures in the animal kingdom that have different mating partners throughout their lives. There are also monogamous animals. These mating pairs stay together throughout their lives. This list of animals that mate for life contains birds, mammals, and reptiles. #10 Animals That Mate for Life: Macaroni Penguin […] Read More

The World’s Top 9 Famous Conservationists Picture

Can you name nine famous conservationists? Don’t worry! The AZ Animal team is here to help you out. Let the countdown begin! #9 Famous Conservationists: Li Quan London-dwelling, Beijing-born Li Quan is a well-known conservationist who developed the process of rewilding. Quan believes animals thrive when left alone in ideal habitats. To that end, she […] Read More

The 10 Best Dog Names in the World Picture

Are you curious about the 10 best dog names? The popular names for dogs change over time. The criteria for choosing the “best” dog names depend on a persons’ point of view. There is no way we can choose only ten. There are millions of dogs and we love every one of them. Some of […] Read More

Top 8 Animals Elected to Office in the United States Picture

While you may think that the donkey and the elephant are just logos used by Republican and Democratic officeholders, there have been animals elected to office in the United States. Have dogs been elected to serve the people in their community? Maybe voters chose a cat instead. Is it possible that a goat was elected? […] Read More

The 10 Biggest Fish in the World Picture

You may be wondering what the largest fish in the world is and where you can find it. We have considered all the types of fish falling into the Chondrichthyes and the Osteichthyes groups alive on earth. That’s over 28,000 species. We have not looked at extinct fish, such as the Placodermi group, where the […] Read More

Water Moccasins vs. Cottonmouth Snakes Picture

Contrary to popular belief, water moccasins and cottonmouth snakes are not different types of snakes. It’s often thought that water moccasins are harmless, non-venomous creatures, and cottonmouths are more dangerous and venomous. In reality, both terms refer to the same species, Agkistrodon piscivorus, which is the only venomous water snake in North America. Read on […] Read More

The World’s 10 Most Venomous Mammals Picture

When most people think of venomous animals, the first things that come to mind are snakes, spiders, and insects. Admittedly, those are the most prevalent venom-carrying animals, but they are not by any means the only ones. Did you know that there are a number of venomous mammals as well? Venom and poison are frequently […] Read More

The 10 Safari Animals You MUST See in Real Life Picture

African safaris are spectacular and can be downright life-changing. For the best experiences, travelers typically head to Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Zambia, South Africa, Namibia, Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda. But what are the must-see animals when you’re on safari in these magical countries? Opinions vary. Some people only care about “the big five.” Others focus on […] Read More

The Top 10 Fastest Birds in the World Picture

For thousands of years, people all over the world have been fascinated with the flight and motion of birds. It was often seen as a symbol of liberation, escape, or just plain beauty. One ancient Greek writer said that he wished to become a “high-flying eagle and soar beyond the barren waters over the swell […] Read More

The World’s Top 10 Non-Traditional Pets Picture

Cats, dogs, and rabbits are fine. But you’ve never stuck to the status quo! You’re a rebel in search of a non-traditional pet — an animal that will make people take notice. Rock on, Dr. Distinctive! For you, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best non-traditional pets. #10 Best Non-Traditional Pets: Ferret Ferret’s popularity […] Read More

Top 10 World’s Smartest Dog Breeds Picture

Smart dogs are loads of fun. They quickly learn tricks and lifestyle routines, making them super roommates. Plus, intelligent dogs are often sensitive to their humans’ needs, making them super friends. If you’re thinking of welcoming a new dog into your life and want it to be on the smarter side of the scale, consider […] Read More

The 10 Best Dog Breeds: ranked Picture

What is the best dog breed? It’s a loaded question. After all, one person’s best is another person’s worst. To state it differently: Papillon enthusiasts are very different from the Australian Cattle Dog crowd. For our list, we surveyed the AZ Animal team and readers — and then went with our gut instincts. #10 Best […] Read More

The 10 Ugliest Animals On Earth: Ranked For 2021 Picture

Beauty is subjective. What’s attractive in one culture could be gross in another. But alas, there are some species that don’t rank in any society. To that end, here’s our list of the 10 ugliest animals on Earth. #10 Ugliest Animal: Naked Mole-Rat Naked mole-rats are blind rodents that live in underground colonies. But their […] Read More

Best Big Dog Breeds Picture

They’re fine for other people, but small dogs don’t float your boat. For you, large, hulking canines are where it’s at! As such, we hope you appreciate our list of the 11 best large dog breeds. #11 Best Big Dog: Bernese Mountain Dog Bernese Mountain Dogs are the epitome of “gentle giants.” They weigh between […] Read More

The 10 Highest Jumping Animals in the World Picture

Who are the Harold Miners of the animal kingdom? What are the highest jumping animals in the world? According to researchers, copepods — a microscopic set of crustaceans — are probably the best jumpers on Earth. However, we didn’t include them on this list because the average human can’t see copepods without a microscope. Instead, […] Read More

Top 10 World’s Smallest Animals Picture

What are the smallest animals in the world? Before we begin, let’s define “smallest.” After all, single-celled organisms, which can only be seen with microscopes, are crawling over everything — including our bodies! So, for our smallest animals in the world list, we’re limiting it to animals viewable with unaided human eyes. Smallest Rabbit: Pygmy […] Read More

The 10 Smelliest Animals in the World Picture

What are the smelliest animals on Earth? Which animals will make your olfactory system weep? We’ve considered all the candidates and came up with a list. So light a scented candle and strap on a gas mask. We’re diving into Mother Nature’s pit of aroma-challenged animals! #10 Stinkiest Animal: Sea Hare The sea hare is […] Read More

Top 10 Smartest Animals on Earth Picture

What are the 10 smartest animals on Earth? We’ve given it some thought and compiled a list. So, without further ado, let the countdown begin! #10 Smartest Animal on Earth: Raccoon Raccoons may gravitate to the garbage, but they’re also super smart. In the early 20th century, research conducted by ethologist H.B. David proved that […] Read More

The Complete Guide to the IUCN: The Basics, History, and Red List Explained Picture

While researching endangered animals, you stumbled upon the acronym IUCN and may have thought: What is the IUCN? So let’s answer your questions. IUCN: The Basics The IUCN — which stands for International Union for Conservation of Nature — is the world’s largest global environmental network.  Established in 1948, the organization develops sustainable solutions to […] Read More

The 15 Laziest Animals in The World Picture

Sure, last weekend, you enjoyed a 32-hour stream-a-thon and are now social media friends with the delivery driver. Still, you’re probably more active than the layabouts who made our 15 laziest animals in the world list! #15 Laziest Animal: Cuckoo Bird Cuckoo birds do a lot of flapping around, but they’re lazy parents! Instead of […] Read More

Marble Fox: Your Questions Answered Picture

What is a marble fox? Do they make good pets? Are marble Arctic foxes the same as marble foxes? A reader recently asked these questions, so we got to work and found the answers. Let’s dive in! What Is a Marble Fox? Marble foxes aren’t a naturally occurring species. Instead, they’re the offspring of red […] Read More

Top 10 Animals that Hibernate (Excluding Bears) Picture

Bears sleep through winter, but are there other animals that hibernate? The answer is yes! And today, we’re counting them down. Ready? Let’s go! #10 Hibernating Animal: Ground Squirrel Unlike tree squirrels, many ground squirrels are all about burrowing.  With their brown fur and long claws, ground squirrels look near-identical to their arboreal-dwelling cousins. But […] Read More

Presidential Dogs: The Complete Guide to the First Dogs of The U.S. Picture

A reader recently asked: Which U.S. presidents had dogs and what were their breeds? Never ones to ignore animal-related questions, we immediately got to work, dove into research, and emerged with a list of presidential dogs. Which president had eight dogs but no children? Which first family had over 30 pets and gave the White […] Read More

Best Dogs for City Living: The Definitive List Picture

What are the best dogs for city living? Good candidates can’t be frequent, loud barkers that drive the neighbors mad. Additionally, they must be comfortable in smaller spaces and able to saunter through crowded city streets on a leash — or in a bag — without freaking out. So which breeds fit these needs? Let’s […] Read More

Are Insects Animals? Picture

To date, scientists have identified about 1,744,204 (or 1.74 million) species. That’s an impressive number, but a mere drop in the bucket compared to the number of species waiting to be discovered. Recent estimates place the number of species in the natural world anywhere between 8.7 million and over a trillion! But the estimate includes […] Read More

Best Apartment Dogs: The Definitive 9 Picks Picture

What are the best apartment dogs? Good candidates adjust easily to smaller spaces, don’t bark much, and aren’t overly aggressive. So, to answer the question, we consulted our dog experts and came up with this list of the nine best apartment dogs. #1 Dog for Apartment: Affenpinscher AKC Dog Personality Description for Affenpinscher: Confident, Famously Funny, […] Read More

New Monkey Alert: Just Discovered and on the Verge of Extinction Picture

There’s a new monkey on the scene — but it’s already on the verge of extinction. Scientists stumbled upon a new primate in Myanmar‘s central forest. Called Popa langurs, the average individual sports grey fur on its back, white hair on its belly, and weighs about 18 pounds. Strikingly, they have light-colored patches around their […] Read More

The 9 Coolest Extinct Animals to Ever Walk the Earth Picture

Most lists of extinct animals only include picks that vanished and gone extinct within the last 100 years. So we’re shaking things up! Instead of sticking to the most recently extinct species, we’ve pulled our picks from all of known natural history — and then narrowed it down to the nine coolest extinct animals that we’ve ever seen. […] Read More

Top 8 Dogs that Look Like Wolves Picture

At some point 20,000 to 40,000 years ago, dogs and wolves diverged. Since Earth is about 4.5 billion years old, in the evolutionary grand scheme of things, 40 thousand is a drop in the bucket, and several dog breeds still resemble wolves.  So which are the dogs that look like wolves, which dog breeds are […] Read More

Oldest Living Animals on Earth Today Picture

Sea sponges live into their thousands, and some mayflies only get 300 seconds to #yolo. But Earth is filled with millions of species, which got us wondering: Who are the oldest living animals on the planet today? Oldest Living Animal: Jonathan the Giant Tortoise In 1832, an Aldabra giant tortoise in eastern Africa watched her […] Read More

The 10 Most Venomous Animals In The World! Picture

What are the 10 most venomous animals in the world? To answer the question, let’s first define “most venomous.” After all, some folks may calculate venomosity using a potency-versus-size calculation; others may focus on victim statistics across the animal kingdom. However, for our purposes, “most venomous” means “venomous animals most dangerous to humans.” One more […] Read More

The 10 Best Family Dog Breeds – Good With Kids Picture

What makes for a good family dog? Ideally, the candidate should be affectionate, gentle, and able to live comfortably in your space. Limited barking and shedding are other qualities to consider when picking a pup. Which breeds fit the bill? Let’s dive into our pool of the best family dogs. Best Family Dogs: Labrador Retrievers […] Read More

The 10 Most Endangered Species On Earth – And How To Help Picture

What are the most endangered animals in the world? Surprisingly, conservationists can’t agree on a universal top 10 list. Why? Well, for starters, populations are perennially in flux. Secondly, researchers use various models that disparately weigh contributing factors — like decline rates and community fragmentation. The result is a spectrum of endangered species instead of […] Read More

The Longest Living Animals: From 188 years to Immortal! Picture

The oldest human lived to be 122 years (and 144 days) old. Their life spanned the entirety of the creation of the skyscraper, two World Wars, and the Cold War. That’s a long time! Yet, that lifespan is still well below Jonathan, the tortoise. Jonathan hatched in 1832 making him 188 years old and the […] Read More

The Biggest Animals Ever: 5 Giants from the Ocean Picture

Hundreds of years ago, something peculiar happened…  People started finding dragon teeth along the creeks and the shores of oceans. Big, six-inch-long dragon teeth.  How could that be possible? Well, today we know they were really finding teeth from megalodon (Otodus megalodon), the largest shark to ever live.  Just how impressive was megalodon? For starters, the shark may […] Read More

Basically Invincible: The 10 Toughest Animals In The World Picture

What makes an animal tough? Animals are considered tough for their ability to withstand harsh conditions or difficult situations. Often, they have a unique adaptation that allows them to take on these challenges.The animals on this list are considered tough for a variety of reasons – from how well they can defend themselves against larger […] Read More

The 10 Most Friendly (Best) Wild Animals In the World Picture

What are the ten friendliest wild animals in the world to humans? Which animals are the best? Which wild animals are the nicest? Well, we first need to define “friendly.” For our purposes, it means “gets along well with humans.” But let’s not confuse “gets along” with “makes a good pet.” Even though some animals […] Read More

In the constant war between predator and prey, size and strength can be a decisive factor to help an animal survive the cruel whims of nature. However, there are several ways to measure strength, including lifting strength, bite strength, kick strength, and overall power.For the purpose of this article, we will be defining strength in […] Read More

When we talk about discovering the strongest animal in the world, it’s hard to say definitively which animal wins. This is because there are so many different kinds of strength that it is nearly impossible to pick a single animal out as the strongest of all.Instead of trying to determine a single winner, this list […] Read More

Which animals are the most dangerous? Which species kill the most people every year?You might instinctively assume carnivorous predators like lions, tigers, and bears top the list of most dangerous animals on Earth when it comes to killing humans, but you may be surprised to learn who the most dangerous species really are. Humans Kill Millions […] Read More

Amazing! 12 Types of Hybrid Animals That Actually Exist Picture

What is a hybrid animal? What are the different types of hybrid animals? Are they creatures that only exists in fables and myths? No! In fact, many crossbred animals are real!Hybrid animals are usually the reproductive result of intercourse between two similar animals, like lions and tigers. Lab hybrid animals also exist. Scientists call the […] Read More

The 5 Fastest Animals In The World Picture

What is the fastest animal in the world? The answer isn't straightforward. Many factors — like gravity, wind, and animal size — must be considered. To boot, researchers have yet to clock the speeds of every earthly species. Plus, there's still some disagreement in the scientific community regarding the methodologies used for some of the current standings. Read More

The largest living animals in the world today aren’t land animals, because on land they must struggle against the forces of gravity to survive, effectively limiting their size. The creatures of the oceans can grow much larger, because the buoyancy of the water offers relief from gravity’s effects, allowing them the freedom to grow to […] Read More

In search of fun facts about animals!? Well you’ve landed in the right place. Sit back and read our list of fascinating animals facts. And check back often, we’re always adding new one! #1 Animal Fun Fact: Koalas Have Human Fingerprints Slow-moving eucalyptus aficionados, koalas are beloved! They also have fingerprints that are indistinguishable from […] Read More

Caring For Your Guinea Pigs Picture

Guinea Pigs are one of the world’s most popular household pets and are domesticated all around the world. Their sweet, docile nature and highly affectionate and sociable personalities make them a firm favourite animal particularly amongst children, who are able to care for these little creatures with relative ease (providing they have the constant supervision […] Read More