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What's Your National Animal? 50 Magnificent Mascots

National anthems are great and but national animals are better! They are often the creatures that make up a country's crest, or simply the animals that best portray a country's national spirit.

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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