From furry fennec foxes to scaly komodo dragons, here are some of the world’s national animals.
1.Afghanistan - Snow Leopard
2.Albania - Golden Eagle
3.Algeria – Fennec fox
The fennec fox is a small nocturnal fox distinguished by its large ears. The indigenous peoples of North Africa prize the fur of these cute little creatures.
4.Australia – Kangaroo
5.Antigua and Barbuda – Frigate
6.Bahamas – Flamingo
7.Belarus – Wisent
Also more commonly known as bison, the wisent is the heaviest surviving land animal in Europe. Bison were hunted to extinction in the wild by 1919 but have since been reintroduced from captivity.
8.Belgium – Lion
9.Bolivia – Andean Condor
10.Brazil – Macaw
11.Cambodia – Kouprey
A Kouprey is a wild ox mainly found in northern Cambodia. Its conservation status is critically endangered and there is a possibility that it is already extinct!
12.China – Giant Panda
13.Colombia – True Parrot
14.Côte d'Ivoire – African Elephant
15.Croatia – Dalmatian
The Dalmatian breed's roots are said to be found in Dalmatia, a region in Croatia, and that is how it was given its name. Distinguished by its black-on-white patches, this breed is sought after and popular with many families, and you won't need to fly to Croatia to 'spot' one!
16.Denmark – Mute Swan
17.Timor-Leste – Crocodile
18.El Salvador - Turquoise-browed Motmot
19. Estonia – Barn Swallow
20.Faroe Islands – Faroes
21. Gibraltar – Barbary Macaque
22.Finland – Brown Bear
23.Greece - Phoenix
The phoenix is a mythical firebird found in the mythologies of many cultures, including Persian, Chinese, Roman and of course Greek. It is said to have a life cycle of up to 1000 years until it bursts into flames and a new phoenix is born from the ashes.
24.Greenland – Polar Bear
25.Guyana – Jaguar
26.Guernsey – Guernsey Cow
27 Haiti - Hispaniolan Trogon
28.Honduras – White-tailed Dear
29.Hungary – Tural
Time for another mythical bird and this time it’s the Tural. The tural is a divine messenger that is said to perch on top of the ‘tree of life’ among the spirits of unborn children which take the form of birds.
30.Iceland – Gyrfalcon
31.India – King cobra
32.Indonesia – Komodo Dragon
33.Iran – Persian Leopard
34.Italy – Italian Wolf
35.Jamaica – Doctor-bird
This bird is mentioned as “The most beautiful bird in Jamaica…” in Ian Fleming’s James Bond short story, For Your Eyes Only. It is indigenous to Jamaica and is part of the hummingbird family.
36.Japan- Racoon Dog
37.Kenya – Cheetah
38.Latvia – White Wagtail
39.Lebanon – Striped Hyena
40.Madagascar – Ring Tailed Lemur
41.Malaysia - Rhinoceros Hornbill
42.North Korea – Chollima
Chollima is the Korean name for a mythical horse. The name translates roughly as thousand-mile horse and is often portrayed with wings.
43.Pakistan – Markhor
44.Peru - Andean Cock-of-the-rock
45.Puerto Rico – Coquí
46.Romania – Lynx
47.Saint Kitts and Nevis – Vervet Monkey
48.South Africa – Springbok
49.Trinidad and Tobago – Scarlet Ibis
50.United Kingdom – Unicorn
Last but most certainly not list on this list is the UK’s (more specifically Scotland’s) national animal, the unicorn! Although the UK has many other national animals, the unicorn is most definitely the one that stands out the most. The legendary creature comes from European folklore and was first mentioned by the Ancient Greeks. Until the 19th century belief in unicorns was widespread among historians, alchemists, poets and theologians.
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