The Angelshark is an ambush predator, relying on camouflage to surprise its prey.
The pig-nosed turtle is prehistoric. This turtle diverged from all other species more than 140 million years ago.
Chinese Giant Salamander
The largest amphibian in the world, this salamander can grow to the size of an adult human.
Pillar coral possesses one of the most distinct morphologies of any coral.
Pygmy Three-toed Sloth
The smallest of the all the sloth species, the pygmy sloth was only described in 2001
The Philippine Eagle is one of the world’s largest, most powerful birds of prey.
Mountain pygmy possum
The mountain pygmy possum is the largest of the pygmy possums, and the only Australian mammal restricted to alpine habitat.
The highly distinctive aye-aye is the world’s largest nocturnal primate.
The Leadbeater’s possum was not sighted for 50 years and was thought to be extinct until its rediscovery in 1961.
Solenodons are one of the few venomous mammals, with venom in their saliva.
The numbat is a highly distinctive carnivorous marsupial.
It wasn’t until 1998 that the Philippine pangolin was recognised as a separate species to its close relative the Sunda pangolin.
Pangolins are the most trafficked mammals in the world, and the Chinese pangolin may be the most endangered of them all.
Pangolins are the world’s most trafficked mammal.
New Zealand greater short-tailed bat
The New Zealand greater short-tailed bat is the largest of New Zealand’s three remaining bat species. It remains enigmatic; with no confirmed sightings of the species since 1967.
The Sumatran rhinoceros is the smallest and most threatened of the five living rhinoceros species.
Pearson’s long-clawed shrew
Pearson’s Long-clawed Shrew (Solisorex pearsoni) is the only living species in its genus, and is incredibly poorly-known.
The scientific name of this rare and beautiful species literally means ‘fire-coloured cat’.
Red ruffed lemur
The red ruffed lemur is one of the largest species of lemur.
Black-and-white ruffed lemur
The black-and-white ruffed lemur is one of two ruffed lemur species in the Varecia genus.
The Indian pangolin or thick-tailed pangolin is a solitary, shy, slow moving, nocturnal mammal,
Indri simply means ‘there it is’ in the Malagasy language.
Long-tailed big-footed mouse
The little-known long-tailed big-footed mouse (Macrotarsomys ingens) is one of only three species in its genus, and one of the few rodents native to Madagascar.
Fijian monkey-faced bat
The Fijian monkey-faced bat (Mirimiri acrodonta) is the only species in its genus and is Fiji’s only endemic megabat.
Western long-beaked echidna
The western long-beaked echidna is one of the most mysterious mammals on Earth.
Attenborough’s long-beaked echidna
Attenborough’s long-beaked echidna, also known as Sir David’s Long-beaked Echidna, is the smallest and probably most threatened of the three long-beaked echidna species. Echidnas and platypus are the only mammals to lay eggs.
Yangtze river dolphin
The baiji is probably the most threatened marine mammal in the world; with some saying that it is ‘functionally extinct’.
New Zealand lesser short-tailed bat
The New Zealand lesser short-tailed bat is one of the most terrestrial bats, foraging on the forest floor much more frequently than any other species.
The Hainan gymnure is the only member of its genus Neohylomys, with only 8 species of gymnure in total.
The riverine rabbit lives along seasonal rivers, in one of the few areas of the Karoo Desert, South Africa, suitable for conversion to agriculture – and as a result has lost virtually all its habitat to farming.
Okinawa spiny rat
The Okinawa spiny rat also know as Muennik’s spiny rat resembles a large vole, the spiny rat has grooved spines protruding from its short, thick body fur.