Global Animal's curated photo galleries of spectacular wildlife.

Cool Or Cruel? Unusual Hybrid Animals (GALLERY)

(HYBRID SPECIES/ANIMAL PICTURES) Hybrid animals are unusual combinations of breeds not typically found in nature. The grolar bear, wholphin, and a liger are just a few of these rare creatures. Even though these breeds are so popular due to their unique blend, crossbreeds can be somewhat problematic due to the fact that most are artificially bred. Some of these species would never cross paths in the wild and as a result of their manufactured births, they can encounter many health problems. For example, ligers exist only in captivity and have a short life span along with many other physical issues. Check out the gallery below and share your thoughts in the comments below. — Global Animal
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11 Extinct Animal Species…And We’re To Blame (GALLERY)

(EXTINCTION/ENDANGERED ANIMALS/WILDLIFE) An asteroid hitting the earth, a volcanic eruption, and climate shift are the primary natural causes for three major extinctions in history. But what about the one we may be currently facing? The reality is humans are a major cause of speciation decrease, and it's our responsibility to prevent further loss. We are currently losing dozens of species a day, and nearly 20,000 plants and animals are at a high risk for extinction. "In fact, 99 percent of currently threatened species are at risk from human activities, primarily those driving habitat loss, introduction of exotic species and global warming," according to the Center for Biological Diversity. The gallery below depicts 11 species who have recently gone extinct due to human impact. — Global Animal

Beach Babes: Sun, Sand, & Swimming Swine? (GALLERY)

(PIGS/WILDLIFE/CUTE ANIMAL PICTURES) A small island in the Caribbean boasts an unusual and talented group of animals—swimming swine! About 20 pigs as well as some goats and cats live on the island in the Bahamas, which is uninhabited by humans. Read on to learn more about Pig Island and check out the gallery of these adorable piggy paddlers! — Global Animal
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High Of The Tiger: Big Cats Get Five Acres Of Freedom (GALLERY)

(TIGERS/ANIMAL PICTURES/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Lions, tigers, and other big cats have grown increasingly more popular in the exotic pet trade. According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), there are anywhere between 5,000 and 7,000 tigers living in the U.S., but less than 400 of them are accounted for by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Instead, tigers and other big cats are continuously found living in peoples' backyards, basements, and roadside zoos. The Fund for Animals and HSUS are working hard to solve this problem. Just recently, the HSUS saved four tigers and sent them to America's largest animal sanctuary in Texas, Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch. Three of the tigers, Anastasia, Natalia, and Gustavo, were rescued from an illegal roadside zoo in Mississippi, where they were forced to live in cruel conditions for many years without veterinary care. Alexander, the fourth tiger, was rescued from a private residence in Kansas after his owner abandoned him, leaving him and several other wild animals caged and without access to food or clean water. For the first time in their lives, the tigers will be living in a large, 5-acre home with natural vegetation and uninterrupted skies. Check out these four tigers embracing their new forever home in the heartwarming photos below. -- Global Animal
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Wildlife Pics Worth More Than 1,000 Words (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL PICTURES/WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY) London's Natural History Museum and BBC host a Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition every year. This year had over 40,000 incredible entries and the committee picked their top 50 photographs depicting various species in the wild including birds, penguins, cheetahs, lions, kangaroos, and many more. Check out some of our favorite photographs in the stunning gallery below. — Global Animal

Fun In The Sun At Chimp Haven (GALLERY)

(CHIMPS/ANIMAL PICTURES) Former government-owned chimpanzees are enjoying their golden years at Chimp Haven, a national chimpanzee sanctuary. There were over 100 chimpanzees rescued from a laboratory and sent to this Louisiana Haven. After a lifetime of cruelty these animals finally get to enjoy the rest of their years by socializing and living the life they've always deserved. Check out the chimpanzees enjoying their time at Chimp Haven in the heartwarming gallery below. — Global Animal

Misleading Animal Names (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL NAMES) While some animal species are humorously named after celebrities such as Beyonce, George Bush, and Star Wars character Yoda, other animal names seem to make no sense at all. I wonder if the scientists who named these animals were just trying to pull our legs... — Global Animal

Popular Wildlife Photos Stir Debate (GALLERY)

(WILDLIFE/PICTURES OF ANIMALS) RUSSIA — Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova has embarked on a mission to bring fantasy to life. Her photo collection is a surrealist treasure, and recently went viral thanks to the wide assortment of unique animal centerpieces. Plotnikova controversially uses real wild animals as companions to her young female models, contrasting the two species' worlds and juxtaposing fantasy with reality. Although her creations are highly fabricated and use trained wildlife, the photos are quite stunning and seem to celebrate animals in their natural environment. Nevertheless, Plotnikova's project poses the following questions: Do these photos showcase the natural beauty and essence of various species and their environments? Do the photos bring about an appreciation for the animals, or are they simply being exploited? View Plotnikova's pictures in the following gallery and share your thoughts in the comments section. — Global Animal

Rare Spotting: Wild Snow Leopard Caught On Camera (GALLERY)

(ENDANGERED SPECIES/WILD ANIMAL PICTURES) In 1971, National Geographic's Dr. George B. Schaller captured the first-ever picture of a snow leopard in the wild. Snow leopards are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and are one of the most highly elusive species in the world. They are rarely ever seen in nature due to their tendency to hide from other animals. In an effort to preserve the species, scientists are working to gain a better understanding of the animal. Recently, a team of scientists working with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences set out to capture snow leopards in their natural habitat with a camera trap. Read the full article below for more information concerning their work and see the rare pictures for yourself. — Global Animal

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10 Of The Rarest Animals On Earth (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL PICTURES/WILDLIFE) National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has recently undergone a project aimed at photographing some of the world's most rare animals. The stunning pictures represent Sartore's goal to show audiences what they're on the verge of losing. He prefers to take portraits of his animal subjects because it allows for both the biggest and smallest animals to receive equal weight. "Some of the frogs I've photographed are the size of a thumbnail, and this is a way for me to put them on equal footing with bigger animals like lions," according to Sartore. The animals featured below are only 10 of the 2,300 species considered critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). — Global Animal

15 Favorite Unusual Animal Families

(ANIMAL PICTURES/ANIMAL FAMILIES) We often hear stories of people adopting abandoned baby animals, but how often do you hear of a tiger who adopted piglets, or a gorilla who adopted a kitten? This beautiful photo gallery showcases the special relationship between inter-species families. From MSNBC's Today, meet furry, four-legged moms who adopted, nursed and nurtured animals of completely different species. — Global Animal

Most Influential Animals of 2013 (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL PICTURES) Global Animal has compiled pictures of the most influential and inspiring animals of 2013. From the notorious sour mug of Grumpy Cat to the focus on Tilikum the killer whale in Blackfish, these animals have touched the hearts of animal lovers around the world in this past year. Take a look at these influential animals in the photo gallery below. — Global Animal

25 College Teams That Exploit Live Mascots (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL MASCOTS/PICTURES OF ANIMALS) The University of Southern California (USC) college football team fell to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on their home turf this Saturday. While back-to-back upsets by UCLA was the last thing to be expected, the real shock came at the tail-end of every USC scoring drive. USC is recognized by their Troy-themed traditions, the trademark of which is their mascot, a rare pure white Andalusian horse named Traveler. The original Traveler first made his appearance in USC's 1961 home opener versus Georgia Tech. Ever since, whenever USC scores, the band plays “Conquest” and Traveler gallops around the Los Angeles Coliseum. — Global Animal

Gotcha! 7 Of The World’s Most Elusive Animals Caught On Film

(ENDANGERED SPECIES/ANIMAL PICTURES) We shared some exciting news with you recently with our report on the saola sighting in Vietnam. After 15 years without a trace, a camera trap in the Central Annamite Mountains managed to snap a photo of one of the Earth’s rarest mammals. What’s even more thrilling is the saola isn’t the only elusive creature being discovered. Thanks to strategically placed, motion-sensitive cameras and amazing advancements in technology, other rarely seen endangered animals have also been spotted. — Global Animal