29 Adorable Creatures That are Unique to Latin America

Capybaras, llamas, toucans, and other lovely animals.

1. The three-toed sloth

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Because these creatures move so slowly algae grows on them, giving their fur coat a greenish hue that serves as camouflage in the woods. From feeding to mating to sleeping, they spend virtually all of their time in trees. Oh, and they sleep for around 15 to 20 hours a day, which is fantastic.

2. The Brazilian tapir (aka the South American tapir)

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Tapirs are an old animal that has been around for millions of years, yet you may have never seen one! They have the most in common with horses and rhinos. Aside from sensing scents, their mini-trunks may be utilized as a snorkel when submerged and for collecting leaves and fruits to consume. For concealment, baby tapirs always have striped and speckled coats (d'awwww).

3. The margay

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The margay, commonly known as the tiger cat is a nocturnal and solitary species. Other than the fact that it dwells in thick woods nothing is known about it. It resembles an ocelot (also endemic to Latin America), but has a longer tail and a broader face. Also, it would like it if you did not refer to it as "kitty," since it is a true wild cat, thank you very much.

4. The burrowing owl

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They are the only species of tiny owl that perches on the ground. When alarmed, they frequently run or flatten themselves against the ground rather than flying away. Burrowing owls, unlike most other owls, are diurnal, meaning they are more active during the day. Because of their big, cartoonish eyes, you'll recognize one immediately away.

5. The capybara

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The capybara, dubbed "the chillest mammal ever," gets along nicely with other animals. It's common to observe it riding birds on its back because well, why not? The capybara is a rodent that is related to cavies and guinea pigs.

6. The pigmy marmoset

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It's one of the world's tiniest monkeys, fitting comfortably into a human palm and weighing as much as a baseball. But don't try to pick one up in your hand – they have razor-sharp claws (which come in useful when climbing trees)! They lack opposable thumbs, unlike other ape species.

7. The guanaco

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The guanaco belongs to the camel family, although it lacks the humps. Consider them the llamas' and alpacas' wild relatives. They spit when annoyed, so don't get in a guanaco's face.

8. The spectacled bear (aka the Andean bear)

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The spectacled bear is South America's sole surviving bear species. Their name is derived from the light colored fur that encircles their eyes, giving them the illusion of wearing glasses (they are cultural bears, after all). They don't hibernate like other bears since they live in a tropical climate.

9. The agouti

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The agouti is a rodent with the appearance of a big guinea pig with a teeny, tiny lil' tail. Its greasy hair is more slicked back than Danny Zuko's from Grease, and it's one of the few mammals capable of cracking open the tough outer shell of a Brazil nut.

10. The Andean flamingo

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The Andean flamingo is distinct from other flamingos; it is a cool flamingo (although, arguably all flamingos are pretty cool). It is distinguished from other species by a black triangle on its back. Unfortunately, it is also the rarest species of flamingo making it endangered. In addition to the Andean flamingo, the Chilean and puna flamingos may be found in Latin America.

11. The southern tamandua

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The tamandua looks like a very adorable anteater and eats like an anteater, but unlike an anteater, it lives in trees. Tamanduas are rather awkward on the ground since they must walk on the outside of their feet to prevent being harmed by their claws. (I'm sure every tamandua will cry when they see the movie Edward Scissorhands.) Fun fact: their tails have no fur on the underside, which helps them to hold tree branches more securely as they travel through the trees.

12. The golden lion tamarin

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With their thick manes, these small yet magnificent monkeys, sometimes known as the

golden marmoset, resemble little lions. Male golden lion tamarins help to nurture their young and frequently carry the infants on their backs in between feedings (D'AWW) Tamarin young are generally twins, which is a fun fact.  Not so fun fact: golden lion tamarins were critically endangered in the 1970s, with as few as 200 remaining in the wild. They were upgraded from severely endangered to endanger in 2003 as a result of conservation efforts.

13. The toco toucan

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When you think of a well-known bird, the toco toucan comes to mind (lol, don't hate me). Even if you've never seen a toucan in person, you've almost certainly seen one on a package of Fruit Loops. People are still puzzled as to why toucans have such large and colorful bills, although they are undoubtedly beneficial for obtaining food. These birds are intelligent, lively, and just beautiful to look at.

14. The southern three-banded armadillo

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This is the only armadillo species that can roll up into a complete ball (which protects them from predators and thorny vegetation). I wouldn't be shocked if he was the idea for the Pokémon Sandshrew.

15. The South American sea lion

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South American sea lions may be described in one word: that. They have large necks, heads, and an upturned snout. The males are about nine feet long and weigh around 800 pounds. They're especially adorable when they're having a long snooze.

16. The Patagonian mara

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At first sight, one of these herbivorous rodents may be mistaken for a jackrabbit. However, this four-legged companion is also known as a Patagonian mara, a Patagonian cavy, a Patagonian hare, or a delay. Patagonia maras travel in mated pairs, so they're never alone.

17. The macaw

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Macaws are enormous, colorful members of the parrot family (pictured above is the hyacinth macaw, the largest of all parrots, with a wingspan of more than four feet). They're quite intelligent, and certain kinds can mimic human speech. These affectionate birds mate for life. They not only reproduce with their partners, but they also share food and groom each other. And that's all you can ask for in an S.O.!

18. The tapeti (aka the Brazilian cottontail)

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The tapeti is a small to medium-sized rabbit found from southern Mexico to northern Argentina. There's not much else to say about them except that they're adorable.

19. The llama

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You're not alone if you've been in love with llamas since The Emperor's New Groove. This tamed camelid lacks humps but it has a lot of attitudes (as you can see from the picture above). While it is generally content to be a pack animal, assisting in the transport of big goods over great distances, if a llama is overloaded, it will simply refuse to move They'll lie down on the ground and spit, hiss, or even kick at their owners until their load is lifted.

20. The kinkajou

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Kinkajous have no resemblance to Winnie the Pooh, yet it is known as the honey bear because it adores honey. This cutie isn't linked to bears or monkeys; it's connected to raccoons (guess you didn't see that one coming). Kinkajous are known as "nightwalkers" in Belize because they are nocturnal.

21. The red brocket

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"Is that you, Bambi?" When you see a red brocket, you'll know it's you. Red brockets may be found across South America from southern Mexico to northern Argentina (whereas Bambi is probably from Canada). We don't know much about them because they're a pretty elusive species, but one thing is certain: they're incredibly cute!

22. The Panamanian golden frog

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Its distinctive golden color is effectively saying to predators, "Don't come at me, I'm VERY toxic!!!" They are most toxic Atelopus species , with enough toxin in a single individual to kill 1,200 mice. Toxins are obtained by these beautiful (but lethal) frogs from the insects they consume in the wild. As a result, as tempting as it may be to pet them, do not do so. Unfortunately, they are severely endangered, so the odds of seeing one in the wild are quite small.

23. The peccary

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I'm sure a peccary would be irritated if you called it a pig. That's because they're from a whole other species. The peccary also wants you to know that it is extremely intelligent. According to experts, their intelligence is comparable to that of a dog, dolphin, or elephant.

24. The blue-footed booby

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Instead of penguins, I feel Happy Feet should have featured blue-footed boobies. Their beautiful blue feet are also employed in mating rituals where male birds dance and show off their feet. The more beautiful the partner, the bluer the feet.

25. The alpaca

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These tamed vicuna cousins are coated in an extremely silky fleece that is practically devoid of guard hair and comes in a range of colors. Because alpaca hair is incredibly soft fleece, it is a favorite material for high-end clothing. Alpacas have kind spirits and are far less likely to spit in your face than guanacos or llamas.

26. The coati

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The coati resembles a raccoon and is, in fact, related to the raccoon. Unlike its nocturnal cousin, the coati likes to have fun in the sun. It enjoys eating, so you'll most often see it munching on insects, fruit, rodents, lizards, or tiny snakes.

27. The long-tailed chinchilla

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Long-tailed chinchillas are the softest little furballs you'll ever come across. In fact, their fur is so thick that 60 hairs can grow out of one follicle. This large garment keeps them warm at high altitudes in the Andes. Unfortunately, wild chinchillas are currently endangered owing to poaching – their fur pelts are in high demand. They are also subjected to severe habitat loss and degradation in habitat quality.

28. The axolotl (aka Mexican walking fish)

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The axolotl is a unique salamander that keeps its larval features throughout its adult life (so it vaguely resembles a tadpole). It almost seems like it has a baby face! They, unlike other salamanders, spend their whole lives submerged. In *extremely* rare cases, an axolotl will achieve full adulthood and go onto land. Unfortunately, axolotls are highly endangered and can only be found in Mexico City at Lake Xochimilco.

29. The spider monkey

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These slender and agile monkeys don't have thumbs, but they do have long limbs, fingers, and tails that allow them to swing from tree to tree easily. They're frequently found dangling from branches, clinging to them only with their tails (which gives them a spider-like appearance). Their light-colored.

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