87% of People Can't Identify These Amazing Zoo Animals From Just One Image! Can you?

By: Khadija Leon
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Zoos house animals from all over the world and its not just for show, it is also an effort to conserve the animals. Let's see how many of these zoo animals you can identify!

As you would expect, this penguin is found along the coasts of Africa and although the water is not as cold as those in the Arctic, those waters are still very cold. This penguin has black feet, a sharply pointed beak and circle-like marking across its chest.

This animal has been the symbol of the United States for many years as it represents strength, power, and freedom and it can only be found in the U.S. They are almost always found near water and feed on fish that swim near the surface of the water.

There are two main breeds, one of which is the blue peafowl and the other, the green. Most zoos have the blue one and it is always one of the more popular exhibits as people love to see these creatures show off their beautiful plumage.

With a leg length of 6 feet, and an additional 6 feet from the length of its neck, these animals are the tallest land mammals on the planet. Usually hunted by lions, crocodiles and humans, giraffes can defend themselves by running (at a speed of 35 miles an hour), staying in large groups, or kicking the threat with its powerful legs.

Early accounts of these birds date as far back as Greek Mythology. It has a very distinctive look and is easily recognized by many. The feathers on top of its head fan out when the bird feels threatened and it eats everything from opossums to young deer, to iguanas. Harpy eagles are monogamous birds and they reproduce every two to three years.

No one likes being called a vulture, but if it wasn’t for these creatures, the world would be a very stinky place to live in. They are able to soar for very long periods of time and when they find food, they are able to easily rip meat apart with their sharp beaks.

Sea Lions come from the pinniped family (meaning wing foot or feather foot), just like the seals and walruses. The front flippers are used to help regulate their body temperature, as well as being strong enough to support them while walking on land. While they can dive to depths of over 500 feet, they can’t stay submerged forever as they are mammals.

When you think of animals that live in the arctic, the polar bear is the first one that comes to mind. They possess a thick undercoat of fur beneath their outercoat which is somewhat waterproof. Unlike other bears, these do not hibernate but some of them do rest for up to 20 hours a day.

While it is a land mammal, hippos spend most of their time in lakes, mudholes and rivers because their skin needs to be kept wet to avoid dehydration. It can be very hard for these creatures to reach adulthood as they face many threats from predators and the environment alike.

Like the kiwi, ostrich, rhea, and cassowary, the emu is also a flightless bird and the second-largest bird in the world after the ostrich. These animals can run for very long distances at a speed of 30 miles per hour and jump as high as 7 feet.

Jaguars represent power, mystery, and sophistication and there are many legends and myths about these animals, especially in the Mexican culture. Sometimes mistaken for leopards, they are found in very different locations.

With those long legs and necks, pink and orange plumage, these animals are easily recognizable as flamingos. They live in very large groups and can be found in South America, the Middle East and parts of the Caribbean.

This species of Ibex is the only one that has adapted to living in hot climates. Their coats are both waterproof and reflect harsh sunlight. Their stunning horns, which can grow up to 4 feet in length, are used to attract females during mating season and for defense against threats.

When people first see a tapir, they usually not sure of what it is, as it looks like a pig crossbred with an anteater. They are actually related to the horses and rhinos but have a distinctive flexible snout. These creatures play a very important role in dispersing seeds found in their dung.

These creatures have excellent hearing and can run as fast as 35 miles an hour. They have many different mechanisms for defending themselves, including a very powerful kick, and the leader of the herd sounds an alarm when danger is spotted. Their fur is thought to be white with stripes of black or brown but that has been the topic of much debate throughout the years.

These famous Australian animals are relatives of the wallabies, honey possums, and pademelons. They hop by pushing both of their feet off the ground at the same time. Some can jump over 20 feet per hop.

The Okapi have the black and white stripes of a zebra but a head very similar to a giraffe (which is its only relative). They live in very dense forests of central Africa and because of their sharp hearing, it is very hard to observe them in the wild as they tend to run off.

This marsupial is related to the koalas and kangaroos and is only found in Tasmania. The name devil was given to it because of its color, its temper and its large teeth. It is said that when a group of devils feed together, the sound that they make is quite terrifying.

Camels can easily carry 200 pounds while walking 20 miles without any water. These desert animals have been domesticated for over 2000 years and are still being used as a mode of transportation where they are found. Some zoos even offer camel rides.

Because these adorable animals are protected by laws, their threatened species is slowly on the rise. They live in the mountains in South China and spend at least 12 hours every day eating bamboo. Mature female pandas breed every two to three years and usually give birth to five litters in their lifetime.

These birds are known for their beautiful plumage and are even more famous for their mating ritual. Found in tropical forests, there are many different species of this bird and they can be as small as a crow, to as large as 3 feet, depending on the species.

While there are many species of dolphins, many can be found in zoos across the US. They vary in color and their long slender snouts can house as many as 100 teeth. These jovial creatures can swim very fast and because they are easily trained, they make great attractions.

Hedgehogs are small mammals that have a very thick layer of up to 5000 quills on their back. Made of keratin (the same thing that hair and nails are made of), they use these quills for protection from predators. While many movies show that they can shoot the quills out at targets, this is false.

Mandrills are considered a part of the Old World monkeys and are famous for the blue and purple thick ridges on their nose, bright red nose and lips, and a golden beard that gives them an ethereal look. These creatures can store food in their large mouths to eat at a later date.

Since ancient Egypt, the scorpion has been both feared and admired. They belong to the arachnid family as they have eight legs. While some of them have as many as six pairs of eyes, they can’t see very well. They can be found on every single continent except Antarctica and there are over 2000 species.

Pygmy Marmosets are the world’s smallest monkeys and a full grown adult weighs less than one pound. The tails of these creatures are longer than their bodies and it helps them to keep their balance when moving from tree to tree. Because of their size, they are hunted by cats, hawks and snakes, even though their coats provide good camouflage.

Found in the pine and rainforests of places like Australia, these popular parrots never settle in one place for too long. The way that they communicate with one another sounds much like a scream so if you’re thinking about getting one as a pet, that is something to consider. Most of them are either black or white with the exception of the pink galah (rose-breasted cockatoo).

Commonly called rainbow finches, they are some of the most colorful birds in the world. With declining numbers, this jewel of Australia, which was once found all over the continent, has now been isolated to certain territories. They never settle in one place and often move when food and water become scarce.

Found in Madagascar and on the Comoro Islands, these creatures are some of the most endangered species of mammals in the world. They live in groups as large as 100 and are active both during the day and at night.

Found all over the United States, these ground snakes usually kill and eat other types of snakes, and are even resistant to their venom. They come in different patterns and colors and they have stripes that go from their heads to their tails.

Otters spend most of their time in the water with their long tails to propel them. They have webbed feet and are able to close off their ears and nose while swimming under water. Some otters can stay submerged for up to eight minutes and their hearts slow to use less oxygen.

Pythons along with boas and anacondas are some of the largest snakes in the world and some grow to lengths exceeding 30 feet. These snakes are very vulnerable when they are young and after very large meals. When they do feel threatened, they curl into a ball and hide their heads in the coil.

These beautiful birds are intelligent, playful and peaceful. Their bills can grow to over 4 times the size of their heads and although we’re not certain why it is that way, it is very useful to the bird. They live in hollowed out trees in Central and South America, and they rarely leave the trees.

While these animals are predators, they don’t pose any threat to humans despite what the nursery rhymes says. They normally live in packs of 20 to 30, and they hunt and feed together, usually targeting the old or the young.

While many animals have been affected by human development, the racoon is one of the exceptions that haven’t as they have adapted to living with us. To us, these creatures seem like pests but they play a very important role in controlling the rodent population.

We all know that these primates are quite similar to humans, but chimpanzees are said to be the most like us, especially when it comes to our behavior. They occupy the forests and lowlands of Central and Western Africa. They tend to live in families of six to 10 members, but they can be as high as 100.

Known as the king of the jungle by many, lions are found in the brush habitats, grasslands and woodlands of Africa. They live in prides of up to 30 lions and they rarely accept new lions into their groups. Lionesses help each other to raise the cubs as well as hunt for food, while males guard the pride’s territory.

The golden frog is the national animal of Panama and is said to represent good fortune to the people of that country. Unfortunately for the frog, the chytrid fungus decimated its population, which is now thought to be extinct in the wild. There are facilities working on keeping the species alive and one day returning it to the wild.

There are six subspecies of tigers and every single one of them, from the Siberian to Bengal to Sumatran, is endangered. Known as some of the greatest hunters, they are very patient and stealth when it comes to catching prey. Unlike many other cats, tigers are solitary creatures with the exception of when caring for cubs.

This animal comes from Central and South America and is part of the rodent family. The agouti has an oily substance with a very distinctive smell that acts as a waterproof barrier. They run very quickly and can jump up to 6 feet high.

After the creation of Pumba from "The Lion King," many people wished that they had one of these creatures as a friend. Despite their roundish figure, they can run as fast as 34 miles an hour. They have very sharp teeth, are very strong, and are not afraid to fight.

I’m sure you didn’t think Santa Claus’ little friends didn’t exist but they actually do. In North America, they are called caribou while in Europe, they are called reindeer. While both the males and females use their antlers for protection, the males use theirs to attract females, while the females use theirs to clear snow in order to find food.

These endangered animals are said to be one of the most intelligent creatures on this planet. As a member of the great ape family, they share much of their genetic makeup with humans. Like other monkeys, they eat leaves, fruits, insects and even small fish.

The desert tortoise is the largest turtle in the United States and it plays a significant role in the desert's ecosystem. This tortoise can handle temperatures as high as 105 degrees and little rainfall. These animals can live up to 100 years, especially if they are being cared for.

The tamandua is called the lesser anteater because it is much smaller than its cousin, the giant ant eater. They are known for having a very distinctive smell that is often used when predators are around. As you would expect, it’s diet consists of ants and it can eat up to 9000 a day.

Of all the lizard species in the world, these are often called the king of the lizards, not only for their large size, but also for their ferocity. Their colors range from black to grey to yellow and they can be found on five islands in Indonesia. They live in very dry and hot climates, as high as 95 degrees.

These cute animals are the smallest foxes in the world and they are recognized by their large ears which can be 6 inches in length. Their color and thick coat keep them warm during the cold desert nights and during the day, it reflects sunlight. Their coats also provide great camouflage from predatory animals.

Cobras use their neurotoxic venom to stop the breathing and heartbeats of their prey. Although they rarely attack humans, they will do it if they feel threatened, and if the bite is not treated properly, it can be deadly. Their colors range from black to white, and varying shades of yellow.

Imagine being able to run as fast as 43 miles an hour, maintain a speed of 30 miles per hour and take strides of 10 to 15 feet long. Although they can’t use their wings to fly, they use them while courting partners, and for balance while they run. They usually live in flocks of 10 or more that helps them to increase their defenses.

One of the most popular animals in the world, these large social animals can weigh as much 7.5 tons. The two elephant species, Asian and African, share many similarities but some subtle differences can be seen. The African is much larger with wrinkly skin and a swayed back.

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