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10 Orange Animals

Red pandas - orange animals

Welcome to our fun article about lovely orange animals.

Orange is a fun, vibrant color, which is a mix between yellow and red. Yellow, for one, is a color that depicts fun and creativity, while red depicts mystery; thus, combining these two makes orange the bearer of good positivity with a tinge of the mystic.

Orange is a secondary color, which are colors made by the mixing of two primary colors. For instance, red and yellow are primary colors that, when combined, give orange, and yellow and blue are primary colors that will give green. Tertiary colors come from the combination of a primary and a secondary color.

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A bit of history

Orange as a name first came about in the year 1512 and was first used in English. Orange has gained popularity over the years due to its uniqueness and bright, fun personality, making it stand out among its peers. And so, of course, animals having yellow colors stand out too as they always appear unique and fun, and quite interesting if I do say so myself.

Looking at the list of the ten animals below, it would be seen that orange comes in different hues; burnt orange, dark orange, bright orange, tangerine, peach, coral, tawny, gamboges, tangelo and so much more. All these are gotten for mixtures of other colors in the primary, secondary or tertiary colors or maybe all of them. 

Below is a grouping of the ten loveliest animals around the world and everything worth knowing about them.

The very best of orange animals

10. Painted Bats

Painted bats - orange animals
Tina Nalow

They are found in the southern parts of Asia, which include but are not exclusive to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Iran, Maldives, and India. They are identified by the long orange hairs on their bodies, whose only relief is the black that covers the winged membranes. Unlike most animals, painted bats usually produce one offspring per season, and their family units consist of only the breeding pair and their offspring.

They are in the family of “Vespertilionidae,” and they can also be called butterfly bats because they look almost like butterflies, with their orange color broken by patches of black, along with the fact that they are small in size. Painted bats were thought to have been extinct or at least very rare but were found in fairly large quantities in June of 2021, thus making them not common but also not endangered.

9. Goldfish

Gold fish
Heptagon assumed/wikipedia

Goldfish are quite commonly used as pets, especially in aquariums. They are mostly seen in the United States and other white countries as opposed to black ones. Goldfish are quite tolerant of many rookie mistakes in their care, and that is probably why they are so popular; they are, in a word, user-friendly. Although if they are neglected, they will, in fact, die just as any other living organism. They have a life span of about 10-15years, although some could live up to 30 years. They were first trained as domestic animals but right now, there are so many different varieties and colors of Goldfish, although the Orange color is by far the most popular.

8. Golden Lion Tamarin

Golden Lion Tamarin
photo: Steve/wikimedia

Has anyone ever seen a brown lion? I am not talking about the normal Gold colored one; I am talking about an actual brown-colored one. Well, they do not exist. The Golden Lion Tamarin is a species that have relatively small bodies. They are in the family of monkeys and are small monkeys. They are rare and endangered, and they are found mostly along the coastal forests of Brazil. Their bright orange hair/fur covers all the bodes except their feet and their face, and though their bodies are comparatively small, their tails are huge, reaching between 12-15inches, giving them an advantage when it comes to tree hugging. Their family unit consists of about two to eight members; the breeding partners, offspring (which are usually twins), and close relatives. The offspring are born fully covered with hair and with their eye wide open.

The scientific name for the golden lion tamarin is “Callitrichidae.” Smaller than them are the Marmosets, which are also part of the monkey family and are also endangered and extremely rare


7. Monarch Butterfly

Monarch butterfly  - orange animals
photo: Photo by and (c)2007 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man)/wikimedia

These are one of the most popular lovely orange animals, and when you put their picture side by side with that of the painted bats, it is clear why the painted bats are also known as “butterfly bats.” Its scientific name is Danaus plexippus, whose Greek translation is sleepy transformation. This name was birthed because of their ability to hibernate for long periods and grow during hibernation.

They hibernate from November to the middle of March, and they travel long distances of about one thousand kilometers or more to find the perfect climate and atmosphere (preferably mild) for their hibernation. They come out all changed and grown into adults. The adult butterfly, however, lives for about four to five weeks. They are characterized by bright orange wings with black veins. It produces four generations of butterflies in the span of a year, with each one living only four to five weeks. Only the last generation makes the journey to find milder temperatures to hibernate.

6. Cock of the Rock

Cock of the Rock
photo: Bernard Dupont/wikimedia

They are songbirds. There is a high chance that not many people have heard of them as they are rare and endangered. They are residents of the humid forests of South America, and they go up as far as nearly 8000 feet. The males possess a brighter orange color with a huge crest on the heads, while the females have a dim orange and smaller head crests.

The mating of this type of songbird is quite interesting. These orange birds gather together in a ritualized courtship called “lek,” and the males start dancing. The mere sight of a female is often enough reason for them to dance. The females then choose the best dancer according to individual opinions, and they make this known to the male by nibbling at his feet or pecking his feathers, and then they go off to mate. This inadvertently means that some males can have so many mating partners while some may end up having none, depending on your dance skills, of course.

5. Tigers

Tigers - orange animals
photo: Tanmay Haldar/wikimedia

This write-up would not be complete without the inclusion of the largest cats worldwide, although they have slowly gone on the rare and endangered side over the last few centuries. Tigers have so many varying species as well as varying color variations, each unique to the individual cat.

Some colors include; white, black, brown, and gold; some have stripes of some or all of the colors, and some have no stripes at all. They are predators, and they usually hunt by night, preying on animals like boars and deer.

They are solitary animals, and they tend to establish their territories based on several dependants like the availability of water, prey, other tigers, the terrain, and the fact whether they have or do not have enough room to hide their killed prey. There is no mating period per se, as each tigress has different times to mate, and they announce this vocally or by the scent they emanate. The cubs last in the womb for three months before being born. Definitely worth a mention on this list of lovely orange animals.

4. Orangutan

photo: Thomas Fuhrmann/wikimedia

Did you know that they are one of the closest things to human beings sharing a DNA of 96.4 percent with humans? They are also heavily endangered, with the loss of their habitat a major factor in their rareness. The name Orangutan comes from a combination of Malaysian and Indonesian “Orangutan,” which means “person of the forest” they spend most of their time living in treetops.

This is why the loss of habitat is a big problem for them, as deforestation majorly has made them lose the trees they so love and thus leading to their death. Hunting also plays a key role in the endangerment of this animal and although there are different species, they all still have an uncanny resemblance.

Generally, they make for good pets as they are not aggressive or prone to violence. They have long arms, which are longer even than their entire body, and they also stay with their mom for about seven years before they are sent out into the wild. Thus, they learn everything from their moms. They also have five fingers, including a thumb, just like human beings.

3. Giraffe

photo: Faendalimas/wikimedia

This is an animal extremely common in Africa, especially in east African countries like Tanzania and Kenya. They are very easy to notice as they come with very long legs and even longer necks. An adult giraffe can reach about 17 feet tall, and they live in groups of between 1-66 individuals. It could either be all males or all females. They usually take four years to grow fully in height and then seven or eight years to grow in size. All things being equal, they can live up to 26years.

2. Red Panda.

Red pandas - orange animals
photo: Mathias Appel/wikimedia

This is quite a lovely orange animal to look at. It is somewhere along the line of a red fox, a raccoon, and a bear. Poaching and habitat loss have made them endangered. This is because, due to deforestation, they no longer have trees to build nests or even to eat. Yes, bamboos make up an important aspect of their diet. They are omnivores and can live between eight to ten years in the wild. Red pandas mostly live in the rainy mountain forests of Nepal, India, and China due to their high altitude.

They are mostly hunted for their fur. These pandas release a smelly liquid when they feel threatened by other pandas. Males also release it to mark their territories during mating season, which usually occurs in winter or early spring. The mating window lasts only a couple of days. Perhaps this is why the males are very territorial during that season. The females give birth to 1-4 cubs and stay with them for just 90days.

A raccoon and a red panda look similar. Especially in today’s era, where there are so many species and variations of animals. But there are distinguishable differences between a raccoon and a panda. Hence the first statement above says it is a cross between a raccoon, red fox, and bear.

Red pandas have red and cream coloring around their eyes, and raccoons are more black and white. A raccoon’s face is also more pointed, whereas a red panda’s is round and so also are its eyes.

1. Red Slug

Red slug
photo: Chindea Ciprian Emil/wikimedia

Not minding its name, this animal is mostly orange. Although it comes in other colors too, like chocolate, orange, red, or other major or slight variations of these colors. Their habitats are gardens and parks, as well as woodlands and water.

The list of beautiful and lovely orange animals is not exhaustive in this piece. The above gives a detailed explanation of the identifiable features of each of the various animals listed. And most of the animals in this piece are endangered and very nearly extinct. That’s due to recklessness and negligence in the form of hunting, poaching, and deforestation. These animals will all be extinct in the nearest future if nothing is done. They would be memories. Some ways to stop these animals from going extinct include using reusable items, protecting everything nature has given in terms of trees, and, most importantly, not using the animals as pets or as ways of enriching pockets by hunting, capturing, selling, and inadvertent killing.

Summary of the loveliest orange animals

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And that’s 10 more lovely orange animals added to your personal library. You surely had an adventure. And you can have even more thrill by checking out this article about the top 10 newly discovered animals. Have fun.

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