1 – Okapi
It looks a bit like a cross between a zebra and an antelope, and has even been confused for a unicorn. But the bizarre-looking okapi is none of the above. Its closest living relative is the giraffe.
These beautiful, elusive creatures inhabit the rainforests of Central Africa. They spend most of their time grazing leaves, buds, grasses, ferns and fruit with their exceptionally long, agile and sticky tongues. Their tongues are so dexterous that they are able to thoroughly wash their eyelids and their large ears inside and out.
2 – Amazon River dolphin
The Amazon River dolphin, or boto, is one of only five living species of river dolphin on the planet, and it is the world’s largest. This dolphin occupies the murky waters of the Amazon and Orinoco basins of South America, frequently found swimming amongst the trees in the flooded forest. The species is also often referred to as the “pink dolphin,” due to the occasional pink hue of its skin.
3 – Glass frog
You’re not looking at an X-ray. These remarkable see-through frogs, found throughout the rainforests of Central and South America, have skin so translucent that you can see right through to their organs. More than 150 species of this amazing family of amphibians are believed to exist.
4 – Cassowary
Found in the rainforests of New Guinea and Northeastern Australia, these colorful flightless birds look like flamboyant ostriches wearing razor-like helmets. They are the third largest birds in the world (behind only the ostrich and the emu), and unlike many species of bird, it’s the female cassowary —rather than the male — that is typically more brightly colored.