Have you ever wondered about the rarest animals on Earth? It’s a sad reality, but we are losing animal species at an alarming rate. While not all of the animals on this list are necessarily considered “endangered”, they would still be very challenging to photograph in the wild. In fact, some of these animals were even thought to be extinct until an unsuspecting photographer managed to snap a photograph. With that said, these are the 25 rarest animals on Earth.
Also known as the plougshare tortoise, this is often considered the rarest tortoise on Earth. Like many other animals on this list it is endemic to Madagascar.
For seemingly apparent reasons it used to be known as the elephant shrew. Today, this creature resides in the Boni-Dodori Forest in Kenya and is critically endangered.
Looking more like a ray than a shark, this creature used to inhabit the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and Black Sea, but now is a rare sight in these waters due to fishing.
Northern Hairy Nose Wombat
There are only 115 of these animals left in the wild and they all live in Epping Forest National Park in Australia.
With just over 500 left in the wild they can only be found in one small area on the border of Kenya and Somalia.