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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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