There’s something simply Mesmerising about the following words: ‘Wild Animals.’
Perhaps our very first taste of these exotic creatures is when we witness them on those zoo trips our parents take us on, in our growing years. Looking at Different animals in their enclosures, one is privy to a guilty sort of pleasure. Enjoying the sight of them, while secretly wishing that they were free.
Of course, there’s a reason those animals find themselves in captivity. This is because, unlike their domestic counterparts, they have been labelled ‘Wild.’
Out of the vast number of all known animals, it can be tricky at times to pinpoint exactly Which is a Wild animal, and which is not.
For all young, die-hard Animal Enthusiasts out there, this article will serve as a treasure trove of valuable information. Through it, they will not only learn the exact answer to the question ‘What are Wild Animals’, but also stumble upon some Examples of Wild Animals they erstwhile had never heard of before.
Time to embark on a Virtual Wild Animal Safari!
Wild Animals: What they Are
Simply put, Wild Animals are animals that usually live in Forests. Naturally, they are not Domesticated like the Cat next door, or the adorable Terrier one might keep as a pet at home.
Wild animals play a valuable role in providing stability to natural processes. Apart from Forests, they are commonly found in various ecosystems like Deserts and Plains. Perhaps the most invaluable contribution of wild animals lies in the fact that they help maintain the Ecological Balance. Subsequently, they help maintain that all-important Food Chain, too.
It only becomes natural that we protect and preserve the rich heritage of wild animals in our country.
Examples of wild animals in the Indian subcontinent: Tigers, lions, bears.
Valuable substances that are procured from wild animals: Ivory, leather.
Examples of Wild Animals
Now that we have answered the question ‘What are Wild Animals?’, it’s time that we embark on a search for Wild Animal Names for your little one!
Are you still confused, when it comes to differentiating between a Wild animal and a Domesticated one? In the following section, you will find all the information that a Wild Animals Chart can give you, and then some.
Without wasting any time, here’s our list of our List of 100 Wild Animals, for your joyful perusal.
100 Wild Animals found in Nature
#9. Wild Bear
#14. Koala Bear
#25. Wild Cat
#28. African Elephant
#29. Squirrel Monkey
#30. Royal Bengal Tiger
#31. Flying Squirrel
#34. Emperor Penguin
#48. Guinea Pig
#51. Siberian Tiger
#52. African Lion
#53. Asian Elephant
#54. Snow Leopard
#55. Spotted Hyena
#56. Rothschild’s Giraffe
#57. White-tailed Deer
#58. Plains Zebra
#59. Black Panther
#60. African Cheetah
#61. Grey Wolf
#62. South American Jaguar
#65. Monitor Lizard
#69. Komodo Dragon
#70. Royal Bengal Tiger
#72. King Cobra
#75. Guinea Pig
#76. Bearded Dragon
#79. Alpine Goat
#80. Giant Panda
#92. Garter Snake
#95. Tasmanian Devil
#98. Wild Boar
How many Wild Animal names were you able to identify from the above list? While there were plenty of names common to most human ears, there must surely have been some that you hadn’t heard of before.
Moreover, as you can see from the above list, it certainly beats the information you get from a Wild Animals Chart that is available at your local stationery shop.
That being said, the above list is nowhere near comprehensive, when it comes to the vast number of Wild Animals that Nature has on offer for our viewing pleasure. Many of them are even in remote places, where there is little possibility of us venturing forth into. However, researching Wild Animals can certainly make for some addictive fun.
What if we happen to spot some wild animals in Nature? Tell your child that they must follow the tips outlined in the following section, whenever they find themselves face to face with a wild animal.
Wild Animals: Getting Up Close and Personal
When faced with a wild animal in nature, your child needs to bear the following tips in mind.
- Do not touch them. Of course, the first thing a child would want to do, is to touch an animal when they see them. They must avoid this at all costs, even if the animal in question appears injured. There’s a reason they are called ‘Wild’ animals, after all!
- Use Binoculars. If they must observe that wild animal they have stumbled upon, ensure that they do it with a set of binoculars, at a safe distance.
- Don’t try and feed them. It’s not ‘your’ safety we’re talking about here, but ‘theirs’. Animals can get sick when they eat the wrong foods!
- Don’t chase or disturb them. Both you and the animal could land up getting hurt.
- Inform an adult when necessary. This is when you think you see an ‘orphaned’ or ‘hurt’ animal. The adult can then contact an Authorised Wildlife Rehabilitator.
At EuroKids, we believe that it is absolutely imperative to teach children to respect Wild Animals from an early age. Educating them about the world of Animal and Behaviour and how humans might intrude into their space, contributes greatly towards Animal Safety.