22 Pokémon inspired by rare EDGE species

Over the last few weeks, you may have found yourself among the millions of people chasing Pokémon around town. But did you know that many Pokémon Go characters are inspired by real animals? When it comes to Pokémon, the weirder the better, so it’s no surprise that so many endangered EDGE species have provided inspiration for these beloved characters. Their weird and wonderful physical and behavioural traits make these rare animals a perfect match for the Pokémon world.

Check out our list to see which of your favourite characters resemble EDGE species.

1. Articuno and Kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus)

Articuno

Pokémon/Nintendo

Kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus)

Roger Le Guen

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Bulbasaur and Bullock’s False Toad (Telmatobufo bullocki)

Bulbasaur

Pokémon/Nintendo

Bullock's False Toad (Telmatobufo bullocki)

Claudio Soto-Azat

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Chansey and Olm (Proteus anguinus)

Chansey

Pokémon/Nintendo

Olm (Proteus anguinus)

Arne Hodalič

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Charmander and Chinese Giant Salamander (Andrias davidianus)

Charmander

Pokémon/Nintendo

Chinese Giant Salamander (Andrias davidianus)

Nick Lindsay

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Dewgong and Dugong (Dugong dugon)

Dewgong

Pokémon/Nintendo

Dugong (Dugong dugon)

Patrick Louisy

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Drowzee and Asian tapir (Tapirus indicus)

Drowzee

Pokémon/Nintendo

Asian tapir (Tapirus indicus)

ZSL

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Farfetch’d and Sichuan Jay (Perisoreus internigrans)

Farfetch'd

Pokémon/Nintendo

Sichuan Jay (Perisoreus internigrans)

James Eaton

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Mankey and Barbary Macaque (Macaca sylvanus)

Mankey

Pokémon/Nintendo

Barbary Macaque (Macaca sylvanus)

Howard Wu

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Pikachu and Ili Pika (Ochotona iliensis)

Pikachu

Pokémon/Nintendo

Ili Pika (Ochotona iliensis)

Li Weidong

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Poliwrath and Purple frog (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis)

Poliwrath

Pokémon/Nintendo

Purple frog (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis)

Sathyabhama Das Biju

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. Primeape and Red Slender Loris (Loris tardigradus)

Primeape

Pokémon/Nintendo

Red Slender Loris (Loris tardigradus)

Anna Nekaris

 

 

 

 

 

 

12. Psyduck and Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

Psyduck

Pokémon/Nintendo

Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)

Dave Watts

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. Rattata and Large Rock Rat (Cremnomys elvira)

Rattata

Pokémon/Nintendo

Large Rock Rat (Cremnomys elvira)

Brawin Kumar

 

 

 

 

 

 

14. Rhydon and Javan Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus)

Rhydon

Pokémon/Nintendo

Javan Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus)

Klaus Lang

 

 

 

 

 

 

15. Rhyhorn and Indian Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis)

Rhyhorn

Pokémon/Nintendo

Indian Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis)

Pete Oxford

 

 

 

 

 

 

16. Sandshrew and Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica)

Sandshrew

Pokémon/Nintendo

Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica)

Nguyen Van Thai

 

 

 

 

 

 

17. Sandslash and Chinese Pangolin (Manis pentadactyla)

Sandslash

Pokémon/Nintendo

Chinese Pangolin (Manis pentadactyla)

Jason Chin

 

 

 

 

 

 

18. Seel and Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus)

Seel

Pokémon/Nintendo

Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus)

Zafer Kizilkaya

 

 

 

 

 

 

19. Tauros and European Bison (Bison bonasus)

Tauros

Pokémon/Nintendo

European Bison (Bison bonasus)

 

 

 

 

 

 

20. Vaporeon and Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum)

Vaporeon

Pokémon/Nintendo

Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum)

Richard Griffiths

 

 

 

 

 

 

21. Vulpix and California Channel Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis)

Vulpix

Pokémon/Nintendo

California Channel Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis)

Tim Hauf

 

 

 

 

 

 

22. Zubat and Cuban Greater Funnel-Eared Bat (Natalus primus)

Zubat

Pokémon/Nintendo

Cuban Greater Funnel-Eared Bat (Natalus primus)

Lida Sánchez

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you know of any other Pokémon inspired by EDGE species? Let us know! Find the full list of species here and leave your additions in the comments.

 

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