The natural beauty of the animals around us has always been inspirational. One of the first people to discover the beauty of animals and try to depict it was the German artist Albrecht Dürer. Up to now, animal photography remains one of the most popular genres — and it’s not for nothing!
We at Bright Side have prepared a selection of pictures of the most beautiful and photogenic animals from all over the globe, and we just can’t take our eyes off them.
1. Mandarin fish
This truly beautiful psychedelic creature can be found in the Pacific Ocean near Australia, the Philippines, and Taiwan.
2. White tiger
The unique appearance of the white Bengal tiger is related to its lack of pheomelanin pigment, which makes the fur of regular Bengal tigers orange. It is said that the white tigers grow faster and heavier than the orange ones.
3. Leafy sea dragon
This plant-looking creature is called a leafy sea dragon. By the way, it is the marine emblem of the state of South Australia, where it can usually be found.
4. Blue and gold macaw
This South American parrot is characterized not only by its bright color but also by its ability to speak.
5. Glasswinged butterfly
This butterfly got its name for having beautiful translucent wings; its Spanish name is “espejitos” which is translated as “little mirrors.”
6. Arctic fox
This small fox lives in the Arctic regions; its thick, warm, gorgeous fur is also used as camouflage.
7. Scarlet macaw
8. Fire salamander
Fire salamanders are one of the best-known salamander species in Europe characterized by their unusual and bright coloration.
9. Sand cat
This small predator is the only cat in the world living in true deserts.
10. Loch’s Chromodoris
This unearthly colorful creature is a sea slug living in the tropical waters of the central Indo-Pacific region.
11. Lilac-breasted roller
The coloration of this little birdy from Africa is unbeatable.
12. Amur leopard
Their unique spotted fur makes the Amur Leopard one of the most beautiful and unfortunately, most hunted wild cats in the world.
This Australian animal is often claimed to be the most photogenic on the planet, as it always looks like it’s happy and smiling.
15. California red-sided garter snake
This snake can be found throughout California, and the combination of its skin color varies in different locations – but it always remains extremely bright.
The okapi is sometimes referred to as the “forest giraffe” or “zebra giraffe”. While it’s the closest relative to the giraffe, this unique creature bears stripes just like a zebra.
This wild cat is best known for its bright eyes and characteristic tufts on the tips of its ears.
18. Snowy owl
The look of this fluffy bird is truly mesmerizing.
This aquatic mammal is not only beautiful but also very intelligent.
21. Resplendent quetzal
This colorful beauty can only be found in South America.
22. Secretary bird
Just look at those eyelashes!
Have you found your favorite living creature in this selection? Feel free to share the pictures of the most beautiful “animal models” in the comments!