National Geographic animals are amazing photographic studies of wildlife. They capture animals in their natural habitat, situations that most of us are ever likely to see in real life. Exotic and beautiful, National Geographic animals have been educating us about wildlife for more than a century.
The holographic colors of this squid are incredible. Wildlife photographers of National Geographic animals have a skilled way of capturing amazing features.
Entitled "Lovely Dinosaur." That's a great caption for this contest entry because a chameleon does have the features of a dinosaur even though it is a fraction of the size.
Getting up close and personal with a stripy pajama horse.
That it's black and white doesn't diminish the majesty of the beast known as the King of the Jungle by one iota.
The photographer called this "Fire Queen."
Named the Black and White lemur for obvious reasons, this darling creature is of one of the endangered species of Madagascar.
This action of a whale launching itself out of the ocean and flopping back in is called breaching.
Wild ponies at play in Iceland.
Tree frogs are common animals in the world's rainforests.
Here's a fun fact for you. Some sloths have a green tinge to their fur and it is in fact mold. The sloth moves so slowly, that mold spores have time to grow!
Albinos of all species are among the most amazing National Geographic animals.
Who doesn't find dolphins adorable?
Kangaroos are such characters. This guy is as laid back as the people of Australia.
I just wonder how long it took for the photographer to capture this astonishing shot.
The chameleon's coat of many colors, which provides camouflage from predators.
Because they have no bones, an octopus can squeeze itself
through incredibly small holes.
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Orangutan means "old man of the forest."
The Lynx (known in the US as the bobcat) is a medium-sized big cat and lives in North America and Europe.
This magnificent creature is the largest fish species.
The anemone fish hides from prey in the ocean plant that gives it its name.
Some of the National Geographic pictures of animals sum up our visions of the places they live. The elephant is captured at dawn in Botswana's Chobe National Park.
Cephalopods are among the creatures that live in the deepest, darkest depths of the oceans, which makes their colors even more remarkable.
Cute and oh so furry. I was lucky to regularly see a family of otters when I was a kid. They lived in a small river in woods close to my childhood home.
How can something that looks so cute and cuddly be such a wild creature?
I won't be inviting these home for the holidays. Although, you can't deny they're beautiful.
The magnificent bear of the ice world.
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Elephants exist in big family units. All the females act as mothers , sisters, aunts and cousins in bringing up the babies. This wondrous sight was shot in Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda.
This is one of the species of freshwater turtles.
The narwhal's distinctive single tusk is actually an elongated molar which grows in helical form. It can reach up to 10 feet in length in a mature male.
A fine fellow taking a drink in Samburu National Park, Kenya.
He looks like he's posing for the camera.
The non-scientific name for this sea creature is the Flower Hat jellyfish. It lives in the Western Pacific off Japan.
A cub gets playful with Mom in Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa
This was the winner of the National Geographic Wildlife Photo Contest in 2012. Absolutely outstanding.
You may be wondering why this doesn't look like the seahorses you are familiar with. That's because it is a male and it is pregnant. Seahorses belong to the family Syngnathidae where uniquely, the males give birth - this includes the pipe fish and sea dragons.
National Geographic animals aren't always wild. There are domestic pets too.
The photographer took this shot in 1910 while the rhino was charging at him.
The bongo is one of many species of antelope in Africa. This one calls the Dzanga Ndoki National Park in Central African Republic home.
Recognizable by its color and distinctive head shape (and its grin!), the beluga belongs to the same family as the narwhal.
The bison's hugely thick, woolly coat keeps him warm at the height of winter in Yellowstone National Park.
Even though these snow monkeys have a woolly coat it is not as effective as the bison's and they regularly go for a soak in the natural hot springs of Japan.
The chrysalis protects the body of the caterpillar while it metamorphoses into a magnificent butterfly.
The red of the fox is a startling contrast to the snowy landscape.
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This species of whale has the largest mouth of any animal on Earth.
Wonderful! This warm water-loving jellyfish belongs to a class of upside jellyfish.
Now this is a real cougar! Not an older woman preying on younger men.
Known as fugu in Japan, it is a delicacy but only licensed chefs are allowed to prepare it as it is deadly poisonous.
I love it when grandiose names are given to small creatures.
Once majorly endangered, there are many conservation areas for turtles around the world.
I wonder who will win the standoff at the waterhole.
Hunted for his magnificent coat, it's good to see a stunningly beautiful creature at rest, safe in his forest home.
This picture taken in Colombia in 1970 shows us just how much the quality of photography has changed.
He was christened "Snowflake" and somehow he seems cuter and less forbidding than his black gorilla cousins.
This stunning picture won the first place in the amateur section of the National Geographic Photo Contest of 2013. Just shows you don't have to be a pro to capture a stunning wildlife photo if the moment is right.
All cats love to climb trees whether they're an urban tabby or a Siberian tiger.
This adorable cuddly creature is of the same family as the chinchilla and has similar characteristics but also looks like a rabbit.
I do hope you've enjoyed this short foray into our world's wildlife. What are your favorite animals?
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