6 Extraordinary Animals Rarely Seen by Human Eyes
No ordinary night crawlers, these strange animals are seldom seen in the wild. Here’s your chance to get up close.
Small-eared GalagoTraer Scott
This Africa-dwelling primate is also called a bush baby. The petite mammal—which averages around 11 inches in height and two pounds in weight—has an impressive vertical leap, and can jump up to six feet in the air. Learn the truth about these animal facts that everyone gets wrong.
Spiny MouseTraer Scott
Found in Africa, the spiny mouse can regenerate fur, sweat glands, and even cartilage without scarring—and it’s the only mammal that can do so. Get a laugh with some of our favorite jokes about animals.
Rococo ToadTraer Scott
It can be found in South America. The world’s largest species of wild toad, it can reach a foot in length; and when the rococo toad senses danger, it can grow even larger in size. Learn about some more bizarre creepy, crawly, slimy animal species.
Pygmy Slow LorisTraer Scott
This tree-dwelling primate lives in southeast Asia. It has a venomous bite, because it licks up a toxin secreted by its own glands.
Indian Flying FoxTraer Scott
This bat with a mighty wingspan—up to six feet—is a native of India. It can fly long distances to find fruit to eat, sometimes going as far as 40 miles a night, which is far in comparison to other bats. Can you spot the camouflaged animals hiding in these photos?
Eastern Screech OwlTraer Scott
This owl makes its home in eastern Central and North America. Although some of these owls can fit in a pint glass—they average nine inches in height—they are known as extremely fierce hunters and are sometimes referred to as “feathered wildcats.” In fact, Eastern screech owls can make a purr-like trill, one of their many distinctive and mysterious calls.
Nocturne: Creatures of the NightTraer Scott
The images are from the new book Nocturne: Creatures of the Night (Princeton Architectural Press), in which Traer Scott photographed 42 rare nocturnal animals. Next, check out some more photos of unusual animal species you won’t believe are real.