5 of the Planet’s most overlooked Creatures

One of their most enticing things about traveling abroad is the opportunity to find the intriguing and unusual animals of the planet. There are lots of iconic wildlife adventures, whether it be considering dinosaurs laze from the clusters of South Africa, assembly mountain gorillas from the dense jungles of Rwanda and Uganda or viewing wildebeest thunder round the Serengeti plains. However, that there are loads of phenomenal animal-spotting adventures throughout the world which are not as well known, and frequently overlooked. We’ve collated a number of the very experiences to deliver you our best 5 missed animals.

 Pangolin at Africa
 Tapir at Central and South America
 Manatee at the Amazon Basin
 Fossa in Madagascar
 Tarsiers in Borneo


A bashful nature and becoming the world’s most trafficked mammal imply the pangolin is an uncommon place, but its certainly not one you may overlook. These unique appearing creatures are the only mammal on the planet to be covered head to tail in scales, that can be big, hard and shield them in the jaws of predators. They could be located in a number of African countries such as Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Zambia and portions of Uganda, Kenya, Malawi and Namibia.

In these nations, the Big 5 match frequently take the top place for desirable wildlife viewing, and with great reason, but viewing the evasive pangolin foraging for insects and creatures is a uniquely unique encounter.

Did you understand?

A Pangolin includes a long, thin tongue which may grow to more than the period of its body and assists it to consume approximately 70 million insects annually!


The Thai title to get a tapir is ‘P’som-sett’ which roughly translates as ‘the mixture is finished’ and stems from a belief they were generated in the remaining parts of different creatures. With a body very similar to a massive pig and a snout like a little elephant back, and it’s easy to find out why! This eccentric creature are available at Central and South America at Costa Rica, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Paraguay, countries more renowned for their birdlife, monkeys and marine life.

Tapir’s generally occupy woods and jungle areas and may be seen searching for yummy berries, leaves and fruit together well-worn trails. If you are lucky you may place an adorable baby tapir that has a distinctive striped coating.

Did you understand?

Tapirs are exceptional swimmers. When approached by a predator they will frequently run to your water, with their long snouts as snorkels.


The ‘gentle giants’ of their water, manatees are large, slow-moving aquatic animals that lots of sailors of yesteryear mistook for mermaids. The Amazonian manatee, the smallest of these species, resides from the Amazonian Basin which covers Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. They are favorable, curious animals and are inclined to flock towards individual action, making for a fantastic monitoring encounter but can also make them vulnerable.

Manatees have hippo-like snouts, fore-limbs that resemble paddles and long, horizontal back end. Travellers may typically head into the Amazon in search of jaguars, monkeys, caiman and birdlife however an experience with one of the very peculiar animals in the area is essential.

Did you understand?

Manatees just have six neck vertebrae (in comparison to seven most other mammals consumed ) so they are not able to turn their heads and has to turn their entire body around to find out what is behind them.


Fossa are located only in Madagascar and will be the island’s best predator. Reaching around six feet in span, as a result of their long tailsthey seem something like a cross between a dog, a cat and a mongoose. They search day and night, on the ground and in the trees and would be the sole predator capable of searching big lemurs since they’re both quicker and better camouflaged.

The fossa might not be as famed as Madagascar’s lemurs, chameleons and geckos but it’s every bit as exciting. Sightings of those elusive creatures are comparatively uncommon but head to Kirindy Reserve to your best opportunity to see them.

Did you understand?

There are numerous Malagasy legends regarding the fossa. One says that the creature is capable of licking a individual in such a manner that it sends them in a trance where they won’t ever wake up.


Think of Borneo and you instantly envision an orangutan effortlessly moving from branch to branch of dense jungle. Yet there’s another tree-dwelling monster that deserves as much attention the tarsier. This tiny primate is just about 9-16 cm in length, with a tail of nearly double that, and it’s extremely huge eyes, every one of which can be bigger in proportion than its mind. It’s these enormous eyes which give it its uniquely cute look. Tarsiers search by jumping from one tree into another, grabbing unsuspecting prey. They can jump around 16.4 ft in some time — a sight to behold for all those lucky enough to grab it.

Did you understand?

Tarsiers would be the only carnivorous primate, together with diets comprising lizards, insects, frogs and the occasional bat.

Matt Rushbrooke is Director of Touring & Tailormade in Rainbow Tours.

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