The top 10 cutest animals in 2021

Have you ever dreamt of seeing the top 10 cutest animals? We have compiled a list of some of the animals we think are the cutest. Read on to find out more about these animals and if you can see them in the wildlife.

There are deep psychological reasons why humans find babies of all species so cute. Scientists believe that the powerful nurturing instinct we have for our own children spills over into an affection for anything that even loosely resembles them.

If you love animals as much as we do, carry on reading to find out more about some of the top voted cutest animals around the globe..

Margay

Red Panda

Elephant Shrew

Meerkat

Qoukka

Flapjack Octopus

Fennec Fox

Klipspringer

Numbat

Japanese weasel

#1 Margay

The margay is a small wild cat native to Central and South America. A solitary and nocturnal cat, it lives mainly in primary evergreen and deciduous forest. Margay prefers life in rainforests, deciduous and evergreen forests, but it can be also spotted near the coffee and cocoa plantations.

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Populations are declining as their forest ranges are reduced by human conversion to agriculture, pasture and infrastructure development.  Margays like to live in thick forests, where there are plenty of trees for them to climb. They do not like to live in open spaces at all, and have been found not only in Central America, but also in Mexico and Northern South America.

Where to see Margays: The top 10 cutest animals

Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, North Puntarenas

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a Costa Rican reserve consisting of over 10,500 hectares of cloud forest. It draws roughly 70,000 visitors a year.

#2 Red Panda

The red panda is a carnivore native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. Red Pandas were given the name ‘panda‘ first; roughly fifty years before the black and white variety. hese pandas typically grow to the size of a house cat.

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Where to see Red Pandas: The top 10 cutest animals

Red pandas are present in some protected areas throughout their range, including parks in Myanmar, Bhutan, India, Nepal and China.

Katmandu Valley, Nepal.

#3 Elephant Shrew

Elephant shrews, also called jumping shrews or sengis, are small mammals that feed on insects, native to Africa. They take their name from their long pointed head and very long, mobile, trunk-like nose.

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Short-eared elephant shrews live in southern Africa in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. They prefer a habitat where they can burrow into sandy soil, including arid semi-desert, dry grass and shrub land. 

Where to see Elephant Shrew: The top 10 cutest animals

The checkered elephant shrew is found in Central Africa; the golden-rumped elephant shrew is endemic to Kenya; the grey-faced shrew is confined to two forests in Tanzania, and the black and rufous elephant shrew is found in East Africa.

#4 Meerkat

The meerkat or suricate is a small mongoose found in southern Africa. It is characterised by a broad head, large eyes, a pointed snout, long legs, a thin tapering tail, and a brindled coat pattern.  Meerkats are extremely social, and often groom or play with each other. They tend to live in groups; Meerkat groups have a highly developed social structure, with individuals playing various important roles in the community.

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Where to see Meerkats: The top 10 cutest animals

The most likely place to see meerkats is located in Botswana, around the Makgadikgadi Pans in the Kalahari Desert. This vast complex of salt pans covers around 10,000km2 and is home to numerous meerkat families – known as clans or mobs. Another popular destination is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, straddling the border between South Africa and Botswana, is one of the best places to look for meerkats. This large, semi-arid region provides an ideal habitat for meerkats to thrive.

#5 Quokka

The quokka, also known as the short-tailed scrub wallaby. Known as the happiest animals in the world, Quokkas are herbivores who primarily feed at night, meaning they are mainly nocturnal. They eat the leaves, stems, and bark of many plants in addition to grass. If necessary, they can survive for long periods of time without food or water by living off the fat stored in their tails.

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Where to see Quokkas: Top 10 cutest animals

The only place to see Quokkas are on some smaller islands off the coast of Western Australia, particularly Rottnest Island, just off Perth, and also Bald Island near Albany, and in isolated, scattered populations in forest and coastal heath between Perth and Albany.

#6 Flapjack Octopus

Opisthoteuthis californiana, also known as the flapjack octopus or adorabilis, is a species of umbrella octopus.

They might look cute and innocent, but these adorable octopuses are quite capable of hunting and killing their prey.

Where to see Flapjack Octopuses: Top 10 cutest animals

The Flapjack Octopus live into the very deep of the ocean, where there is not a lot of light. The newly hatched can be found at around 200 meters depth, while the depth range of the adults is from 500 to 1500 metres.

#7 Fennec Fox

The fennec fox is a small nocturnal fox native to the Sahara Desert and the Sinai Peninsula. Its most distinctive feature is its unusually large ears, which serve to dissipate heat. The fennec is the smallest dog family species.

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Where to see Fennec Foxes: Top 10 cutest animals

Fennec foxes dwell in the sandy Sahara and elsewhere in North Africa. Their nocturnal habits help them deal with the searing heat of the desert environment, and some physical adaptations help as well.

#8 Klipspringer

The klipspringer is a small antelope found in eastern and southern Africa. Klipspringers inhabit mountain ranges of eastern Africa from the Red Sea Hills to the Cape and north to Angola along coastal ranges and river gorges. Adult klipspringers are agile, quick, and sure-footed, which helps them dodge danger. Just Browsing. Klipspringers are active mostly during the early morning and late afternoon hours, resting during the hottest part of the day.

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A Klipspringer looks over the landscape

Where to see Klipspringers: the top 10 cutest animals

Karoo National Park: The Karoo National Park, founded in 1979, is a wildlife reserve in the Great Karoo area of the Western Cape, South Africa near Beaufort West. A great place to guarantee klipspringer sightings!

#9 Numbat

The Numbat, or known as the banded anteater (due to its appearance), is a small endangered marsupial animal native to Australia. Numbats are special because they have long sticky tongues that allows them pick up termites, which make up their exclusive diet. Unfortunately Numbats are endangered due to many factors, of which the most concerning is Habitat destruction. As a result there are fewer than 1,000 Numbats left in the wild.

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Where to see Numbats: The top 10 cutest animals

Numbats were found across much of arid and semi-arid southern Australia, however, only two naturally occurring populations remain, both in south-west Western Australia. These two remaining natural populations are Dryandra Woodland and Tone/Perup Nature Reserve. 

#10 Japanese Weasel

Japanese weasels are small carnivorous mammals native to Japan. Their fur is orange-brown with darker markings on the head. The fur on the throat is usually white in color. Females in this species are smaller than males.

where to see Japanese Weasels: Top 10 cutest animals

Japanese weasels are native to Japan where they occur on the islands of Honshū, Kyūshū, and Shikoku. They typically live in mountainous or forested areas near water. They tend to be located in grasslands, villages, and suburbs, but try to avoid big cities.

Summary

Which animals did you find the cutest? let us know in the comments below if you’d love to travel to encounter any of the above mentioned top 10 cutest animals. If you loved learning some fun facts about the top 10 cutest animals, have a look at our other special wildlife feature blogs including, the top 10 most endangered animals in 2021 and the top 5 most rare species.