Our world is awash with a number of absolutely gorgeous creatures that many of us simply don’t have the opportunity to see and appreciate in our daily lives. Often, you will need to make an effort to catch sight of many of these amazing animals, but there is no denying that doing so is worth it. Here is a list of the eight most beautiful creatures that you have to see up close at least once in your lifetime.

The White Rhino

Not only are white rhinos truly amazing to witness, but they are also a rare species. In fact, there are only around 20,000 of them left in the wild. This is due to high levels of poaching that has continued to spiral out of control despite many conservationists’ best efforts to put an end to it.

The poachers are predominantly in search of the white rhinos’ horns, which many cultures believe have the power to cure disease. 

Various organizations are contributing to conservation efforts to protect these unique animals, including Virginia Safari Park’s CEO Eric Mogensen.

“It is important for the long-term survival of the species, and for our conservation programs in general, to set up additional breeding groups to assist with this cause,” said Eric Mogensen, Corporate Director and CEO of Virginia Safari Park. Find out more here: http://www.virginiasafaripark.com/News/TabId/226/ArtMID/1002/ArticleID/40/Virginia-Safari-Park-Welcomes-Third-Baby-White-Rhino.aspx 

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The White Tiger

An exact replica of the traditional orange and black striped Bengal tiger, the white tiger is a rare occurrence in the wild and is celebrated for its uncanny beauty. It is thought that a white tiger is only born once in every 10,000 births and only happens if and when both parent Bengal tigers carry the gene for the unique coloring. This stunning cat is most commonly found in India, and there have been numerous sightings of them at Sundarbans National Park, in particular.

The Peacock

The peacock is undeniably one of the world’s most gorgeous birds. The male peacock is adorned in bright, metallic colors that glisten in the sunlight; they have a long ‘train’ of iridescent green and blue feathers, as well as a pretty ‘head ornament’ that makes them stand out to the females. They can be found in various areas around the world, including India and Africa.

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The Giant Panda

The amazing giant panda, otherwise known as the panda bear, is another beautiful creature that has been facing extinction for many years now. The panda lives in captivity and in the mountain ranges of China. There are said to be around 1,500 panda bears still living in the wild, with this number continuing to drop year upon year.

The Polar Bear

This white, fluffy bear can be found in numerous zoos around the globe. However, despite it being more accessible than some of the other animals mentioned on the list, it is still just as awe-inspiring. The bear, who lives naturally in the Arctic Circle, can weigh more than 1,500 pounds and lives on a diet consisting mainly of seals.

The Orangutan

This quirky, orange primate is native to Malaysia and Indonesia and can be seen in various zoos around the globe. They are some of the most intelligent primates in existence and are known to regularly make and use tools. Unfortunately, the wondrous orangutan is another endangered species. Less than 100 years ago, it was estimated that there were approximately 230,000 orangutans in total around the globe. Nowadays, however, there are thought to be around 104,700 Bornean orangutans left in existence. The Sumatran orangutan has an even smaller population and is categorized as critically endangered with an estimated 7,500 left.

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The Gorilla

This large primate is known for its strong personality and burly build. It is another leading attraction at various zoos and is a true sight to behold. The sad reality is that the Cross River Gorillas are dying out, and fast. Scientists estimate that there are only around 200–300 of them left in the wild. Conservationists are currently dedicating their efforts to preserving the Cross River Gorillas’ natural habitat in an effort to save the species.

The Lion

How could this list be complete without including the King of the Jungle? Lions are truly magnificent creatures that tend to live in family groups known as pride. Did you know that despite his fluffy mane and intimidating appearance, the male lion does very little hunting? It is the females who go out in search of food.

Now that you know what stunning animals to see, it is time to start planning your next adventure. Enjoy!

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