Top 10 Animal Sightings in Non-Native Areas

Parrot - San Franciso


Ever came across a zebra in Texas? Yes, you will indeed find zebras frolicking among the best-known natives animals like cows, coyotes and bulls! There are many such animals in non-native regions that so many of us are clueless about. Here is a list of the top animal sightings at places you least expect to find them.

1. Texas – Zebras

Zebras, commonly found in Africa were first introduced to the region by humans. But the species has thrived on its own independent of human interaction as the temperature and environment of Texas is similar to that of Africa.

2. San Francisco – Parrots

Parrots, found commonly in South American jungles are famed for their vibrant colors. They are also a favorite choice as pets. The colony of parrots in San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill is a major tourist attraction as the parrots are approachable and friendly. The flock consists of over 100 birds, many of them being escaped pets!

3. Australia – Camels

Camels were initially introduced to Australia in the year 1822 and since then, their numbers have grown at a rapid rate. Traditionally, camels are found in the deserts of Asia and Africa.

4. South Africa – Penguins

Unlike many other cases, penguins were not introduced into South Africa by humans. These are in fact a native species. They are commonly known as African or Black – footed penguins who unlike their cousins in Antarctica have a liking for warm waters. They are usually found swimming in the open sea and rarely come to the shores.

5. Land locked lakes – Sharks

Sharks in land locked lakes are generally introduced by nature. At times when massive floods occur, some sharks may find their way into rivers and other freshwater bodies. A 2007 incident in Australia saw 10 bull sharks being deposited to a land locked lake on a golf course.

6. Columbia – Hippopotamuses

Hippopotamuses in Columbia were introduced by the deceased drug lord Pablo Escobar in his private zoo. After his death, these creatures escaped into wilderness and have grown in numbers in the Magdalena river.

7. Texas – Emus

Emus were introduced into Texas in the early 1990s by many farmers who believed the flightless birds were the next big thing. But their hopes vanished soon and these birds were ousted from the farms. Since their natural habitat in Australia is quite similar to Texas, the flock of birds flourished.

8. England – Tarantulas

The giant spiders from Chile arrive in England as uninvited guests in shipping containers. Although they have not grown in numbers, many have been spotted recently.

9. Florida – Monkeys

In 1938, a few monkeys belonging to the species Rhesus Macaques were released in Florida to attract tourists. But these monkeys slowly grew in numbers. These monkeys are violent and very strong.

10. England – Panthers

The presence of panthers in England has not yet been officially recognized but residents speak of regular sightings of a large black cat matching the description of a panther. The exact reason for the presence of panthers is not known.

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11 thoughts on “Top 10 Animal Sightings in Non-Native Areas

  1. Yes, you left out Deers in New Zealand. They were brought to New Zealand for hunting but over they years, they have grown in huge numbers in the forests.

  2. How come there are camels from Australia in the list but no rabbits in the list? There are more number of rabbits in Australia than Camels. The famed rabbit proof fence was created to keep them at bay.

    • A good point Carlene. I do know that there are more number of rabbits in Australia but they are very common so people know about the rabbits. But you wouldn’t expect to see camels in Australia.

  3. Police concerned about coyote sightings in Houlton
    Police are urging the public to be cautious after sightings of a coyote in Houlton over the past month. The animal has been seen close to the downtown in the Charles, Elm and Washburn street areas. A homeowner on Washburn Street took this picture of the coyote earlier this month when she saw it in her yard.

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