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The humphead wrasse is one of the largest reef fishes in the world, it’s got an awesome hump on its forehead and thick lips! What else do you need in your favourite species!
Nine big cats are in the running to become the World’s Favourite Species. Only you can decide which one wins…
So… which will get your vote? Or are your more of an African wild dog person?
It comes as no surprise to us that the cute (but sadly Critically Endangered) kakapo is in the lead in our search for the World’s favourite species.
- The kakapo is the world’s only flightless parrot and is also unusual in being nocturnal.
- As well as being the world’s largest parrot, the kakapo is also the heaviest.
But which should be voted the World’s Favourite Species?
In the grey wolf corner…
The grey wolf is the largest wild canid, or member of the ‘dog’ family
And on the red wolf’s side…
The red wolf is one of the rarest canids in the world.
During southward migration in the autumn from the breeding grounds to the wintering grounds, monarch butterflies can cover distances as far as 3,000 miles at speeds of up to 80 miles per day!! Surely they deserve to be crowned World’s Favourite Species!
The beautiful monarch butterfly is the only invertebrate to make it to our top 50 shortlist of favourite species as nominated by you.
So it needs extra love to give it up for the invertebrates! Vote today!
The wild camel is extremely well adapted for the harsh desert climate that it inhabits.
- Sandstorm damage is reduced by the dense eyelashes and the narrow nostrils that can be closed tightly against the storms.
- Its two toes are able to spread widely, allowing the camel greater ability to walk on sandy ground.
So does it get your vote? Vote for your favourite species now!
Here are some reasons to vote secretarybird!
- The secretarybird was supposedly named because it resembles an old-fashioned secretary carrying quill-pens tucked behind her ears.
- Although it can fly, the secretarybird prefers to move around on foot and can cover 30 km a day, earning it the title ‘Africa’s marching eagle’.
Help us find the world’s favourite species! Vote now!
Here are some facts to help you decide.
- While its scientific name means ‘fire-coloured cat’, the red panda actually shares more similarities with bears and racoons.
- Like the giant panda, the red panda’s diet is largely made up of bamboo, although it also eats roots, fruit, eggs and small lizards.
- And it’s laid back and cute!