Humans have always been fascinated by animals, but the world always gives us more reasons to be amazed. There are many rare animals that you may never have heard of or that you never expected to see in your lifetime. Even animals you think you know occasionally give us surprises, such as being born with unusual coloring or shapes.

1. The clouded leopard might be rare, but it’s the state animal of Meghalaya.

20 Animals That Are So Rare, You’d Be Lucky to Spot One in the Wild

2. In 2019, a black leopard was photographed in Africa for the first time in over a century.

3. New Guinea has tree kangaroos who live in the country’s tropical rainforests.

4. Antarctica’s penguins don’t always come in black and white; some are fully white or fully black.

20 Animals That Are So Rare, You’d Be Lucky to Spot One in the Wild

5. This albino koala strikes a pose in a tree in Queensland, Australia.

20 Animals That Are So Rare, You’d Be Lucky to Spot One in the Wild

6. Przewalski’s horse, also known as the Mongolian wild horse, was once extinct in the wild.

20 Animals That Are So Rare, You’d Be Lucky to Spot One in the Wild

7. A mutation in the American lobster can cause them to become bright blue.

20 Animals That Are So Rare, You’d Be Lucky to Spot One in the Wild

8. The South China tiger can only be found in zoos today.

20 Animals That Are So Rare, You’d Be Lucky to Spot One in the Wild

9. This giraffe is snow white because of a condition called leucism.

10. The Gerp’s mouse lemur was not discovered by humans until 2012.

20 Animals That Are So Rare, You’d Be Lucky to Spot One in the Wild

11. A rare genetic condition caused this flamingo in Cyprus to become black rather than white or pink.

20 Animals That Are So Rare, You’d Be Lucky to Spot One in the Wild

12. The lemur frog was once common throughout Costa Rica.

20 Animals That Are So Rare, You’d Be Lucky to Spot One in the Wild

13. These cat-like genets were filmed in Namibia where they are rarely seen.

20 Animals That Are So Rare, You’d Be Lucky to Spot One in the Wild

14. This golden zebra, whose unique coloring can be attributed to albinism, was spotted at Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve.

20 Animals That Are So Rare, You’d Be Lucky to Spot One in the Wild

15. The Ayam Cemani chicken from Indonesia is literally black to the bone.

16. The Lilac Silverline butterfly is a rare insect found in Asia.

17. This rare, white reindeer calf was spotted in Norway.

20 Animals That Are So Rare, You’d Be Lucky to Spot One in the Wild

18. This cute pika was seen in China’s Tian Shan Mountains.

20 Animals That Are So Rare, You’d Be Lucky to Spot One in the Wild

19. This long caracal cat was spotted in Tanzania.

20 Animals That Are So Rare, You’d Be Lucky to Spot One in the Wild

20. Ribbon seals develop white ring-like markings on their black fur after molting.

Bonus: Sand cats were once quite rare but their population has grown over the years.

20 Animals That Are So Rare, You’d Be Lucky to Spot One in the Wild

Do you know of any other rare animals? Or of any animals, like the sand cat, that stopped being rare? Let us know!

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