Nature’s Most Elusive Animals

Here at House of Coco one of our favourite things about travelling the world is all the cool, interesting animals we encounter along the way. If you are a keen wildlife photographer or just love to get up close with nature, here are five elusive animals to spot in the wild – if you can find them! Wildlife specialists, Wildfoot offer opportunities to see each of these animals in their natural habitat, as well as many others with a range of trips across the globe.

  1. Ocelot, Brazil (above)

Almost as small as a house cat but with the striking markings of a leopard, severe hunting in the 1960’s and 70’s and its ability to blend into the surrounding rainforest make the ocelot an incredibly elusive animal in the wild. This beautiful animal can be found throughout South America but the dense vegetation cover of the Brazilian Pantanal creates the ideal home for them.

See them for yourself on the 13-night Wetlands, Waterfalls & Wildlife trip from £2,935 per person.

  1. Glass frog – Costa Rica
    Glass frog - Costa Rica

The semi-translucent, leaf-green colour of these nocturnal amphibians make them extremely hard to spot and they spend most of their days hiding on the underside of leaves near streams. Costa Rica’s Tortuguero National Park offers the ideal environment for glass frogs, but they have been found throughout Central America.

See them for yourself on the 15-night Costa Rica In-depth trip from £2,795 per person.

  1. Leopard, India
    Leopard - India

Previous guestimates had India’s leopard population at as many as 45,000, but a census carried out in 2015 found that the actual number of wild leopards in the country is just over a quarter of that. These animals inhabit India’s forests and whilst they are the most abundant big cat species on the subcontinent, deforestation is causing their numbers to decline.

See them for yourself on the 11-night Tiger & Leopard Special trip from £2,672 per person.

  1. Pink flamingo, Galapagos
    Pink flamingo - Galapagos

Take a trip to the Galapagos Islands and you are guaranteed to see plenty of brightly coloured and unusual birds, but with a population estimated at around 500, you may have to look a little harder to spot the elusive Pink flamingo. These birds are most commonly found in many of the lagoons on Isabela Island, standing in their famous one-legged pose.

See them for yourself on the 9-night West, Central & East Islands trip from £2,509 per person.


  1. Jaguar, Brazil
    Jaguar - Brazil

Jaguars are masters of stealth and camouflage, making them one of the most elusive and difficult mammals to find – so elusive that it is unknown how many are actually left in the wild, but poaching and deforestation mean that their numbers are declining. The largest known population of Jaguars exists in Brazil’s Amazon rainforests.


See them for yourself on the 9-night Pantanal & Amazon trip from £3,500 per person.

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