ANIMAL BEARDS THAT SHINE
Added on: 30th Nov 2016
One of the most beautiful animals on the savanna,
the nyala is an antelope with a thick neck-beard
that looks like it has given up on shaving entirely.
The stereotypical fish-with-facial-hair, the catfish has
whiskers known as barbells which can grow around its
nose, chin and mouth. Trendy in nature, the barbells
are sensory organs the fish uses to find food.
RED RIVER HOG
Spread out across western and central Africa, the
red river hog is a wild pig known for its red fur,
hairy ears and sideburns.
Iberian lynxes are easily recognizable by their beards which
extend out in an upside-down arc. Successful conservation
efforts have so far boosted the numbers of this lynx,
the most endangered cat species in the world.
The cotton-top tamarin has a pretty distinguishable short
moustache, but it’s much better known for its head hair
which makes it look like Dustin Hoffman. One of the rarest
primates in the world – only 6,000 are still alive – we hope
conservation efforts take off to protect this
Almost wiped out after the Second World War (and completely
extinct in their native Belgium), the toy dog Griffon Bruxellois
has one of most impressive scraggly beards on man’s best friend.
Related to sheep, the Arabian tahr is the smallest species
of tahr but it boasts the most impressive tahr beard.
This animal’s mutton chops can rival those on Mr. Gibbs,
Jack Sparrow’s right hand pirate. (To see a tahr with an
impressive beard, search for the Himalayan tahr,
which looks like a lion with a small head.)
No list of impressive animal beards would be complete
without the bearded archetype: the lion. Only males
(generally) sport the beautiful mane which can change
based on temperature and testosterone production.
It’s mostly accepted that a healthier lion has a
darker and fuller mane.