Rare Animals Quiz
by Staff
Some of Earth's animals have been seen by only a few human eyes. How much do you know about the rarest creatures on the planet?

How many northern white rhinos exist?

  • 3
  • 30
  • 300

The Tiger quoll is sometimes called what?

  • tiger cat
  • spotted lion
  • razor-back cat

What kind of animal is a vaquita?

  • a desert reptile
  • a marine mammal
  • a taco-shaped bird

When were vaquitas first discovered?

  • 1887
  • 1910
  • 1958

What is Poecilotheria metallica?

  • a type of tarantula
  • a bird
  • a loud rock band

Where does the spoon-billed sandpiper breed?

  • Russia
  • Canada
  • Greenland

The Saola is often called what?

  • Chilean watergoblin
  • African treehugger
  • Asian unicorn

What was special about the saola when it was discovered in 1992?

  • It was the first large mammal discovered in half a century.
  • Its oil glands produce anti-cancer components.
  • Its unique vision is new to science.

What solenodons look like?

  • parakeets
  • shrews
  • horses

What weird trait do Solenodons have?

  • They are venomous.
  • They have no fur.
  • They are parasites.

Where does the bamboo lemur live?

  • Vietnam
  • Australia
  • Madagascar

What kind of animal is the Lycaon pictus?

  • African wild dog
  • Bonobo
  • Blue whale

How many toes per foot do African wild dogs have?

  • three
  • four
  • five

What was the length of the longest reported black rhino horn?

  • about 2 feet
  • about 3 feet
  • about 5 feet

How do aye-ayes find their food?

  • They jump on prey from tree perches.
  • They knock on trees.
  • They spray water at prey.

How many different species of pangolins exist?

  • two
  • five
  • eight

On which two continents do pangolins live?

  • Europe and Asia
  • Africa and Australia
  • Asia and Africa

What is special about the kakapo, a parrot found in New Zealand?

  • It is not afraid of humans.
  • Its feathers change from white to red as it ages.
  • It doesn't fly.

How tall are adult kakapos?

  • 1 foot
  • 2 feet
  • 3 feet

The biggest species of leatherback turtles can reach what maximum weight?

  • 1,500 pounds
  • 2,300 pounds
  • 2,800 pounds

True or False: Leatherback turtles give birth to live young.

  • true
  • false

How big are the eggs of a kiwi, flightless birds from New Zealand?

  • a third of the female's body size
  • a quarter of the female's body size
  • half of the female's body size

What is a big threat to kiwi populations?

  • human hunters
  • predatory snakes
  • cats and dogs

How many Javan rhinos are left in the world?

  • 6
  • 16
  • 60

Fully grown, how much does a bumblebee bat weigh?

  • 2 grams
  • 10 grams
  • 1 pound

Where would you find the volcano rabbit?

  • Mexico
  • Alaska
  • Hawaii

What factor is decimating volcano rabbit populations?

  • fur trappers
  • habitat destruction
  • fungal disease

Durrell's vontsira most closely resembles what animal?

  • rabbit
  • mongoose
  • skunk

Until being rediscovered in 1990, the Jamaican iguana had been considered extinct for how long?

  • about 80 years
  • about 40 years
  • about 100 years

How many Hirola antelope exist in captivity?

  • all of them
  • none
  • three