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  • Adventures from the Book of Virtues has Aurora the red-tailed hawk, Socrates the bobcat, and Aristotle the prairie dog.
  • Adventure Time:
    • A Surinam toad appears in the episode "Five More Short Graybles".
    • In the episode "A Glitch is a Glitch", Jake mentions dreaming he was a coelacanth.
    • "Apple Wedding" introduces Wyatt, an elephant seal.
    • "You Forgot Your Floaties" has a coconut crab.
    • "President Porpoise is Missing!" has a narwhal.
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    • A star-nosed mole briefly appears in "The First Investigation".
    • The first issue of the comic showed fossils of Torosaurus, Lambeosaurus, and Glyptodon.
    • Volume 4 of the Adventure Time Graphic Novels has the Mudskipper Gang.
  • Almost Naked Animals has a narwhal, a dugong, a beluga, and a manatee.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball
    • Season 3 had the Wattersons adopt an aggressive soft-shelled turtle as a pet.
    • "The Rerun" had a brief appearance of the gomphothere Platybelodon. Gets lampshaded in that Rob doesn't know what it is.
  • Amphibia:
    • Leopold Loggle is an axolotl, with Eyes Always Shut that make him also resemble an olm.
    • "Croak and Punishment" has a tusked frog named Gunther.
    • The Villain of the Week in "Night At the Inn" are a family of horned frogs. For bonus points, they are presented as a Cannibal Clan, based on the fact horned frogs eat other frogs in real life.
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    • Real-life animals used for the show's wildlife include walking stick insects, water striders, rhinoceros beetles, great grey herons, skinks, ligers, mudskippers, and star-nosed moles.
  • The Angry Beavers:
    • Truckee the shrew is a recurring character.
    • One episode, "Daggy Dearest", has Daggett becoming the foster father for a baby mongoose.
    • "Fish and Dips" has a giant lake sturgeon whose egg the brothers tried to claim (due to caviar being valuable).
    • Daddy longlegs play a prominent role in "Das Spoot".
    • In "Long in the Teeth", Norbert makes reference to the capybara.
  • Animaniacs:
    • Minerva Mink and Baynarts "Charlton" Woodchuck.
    • Calhoon Q. Capybara and Who Who the ring tailed lemur (who looks vaguely like a red panda) from "Back In Style" count too.
    • "Morning Malaise" has Howie Tern.
  • Babu the ocelot from Archer. Lampshaded by the titular character with his overjoyed exclamation of "I've never seen an ocelot before!"
  • Arthur:
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    • Arthur is an aardvark, though in the show he doesn't look like one. He looks more like one in the original books, but the look was changed because it was hard to see his mouth.
    • Brain's Imagine Spot in "Nicked By a Name" had an anthropomorphic tapir named Tom.
    • The Cold Open for "On This Spot" featured an alvarezsaurid of all things, complete with stubby claws and a fuzzy coating of feathers.
    • At the end of "Buster's Dino Dilemma", a paleontologist makes mention of the tyrannosaurid Daspletosaurus.
    • A Komodo dragon and a narwhal appear in the Cold Open of "Francine and the Feline".
    • A great spangled fritillary is featured in the Cold Open for "Binky Goes Nuts".
    • "Hide and Snake" prominently features a scarlet kingsnake, with its mimicry of the venomous coral snake being a plot-point.
    • Sea hares make a brief appearance in "The Shore Thing".
    • Yellow-billed oxpeckers are featured in "Flea to You and Me".
    • The Cold Open of "Whip. Mix. Blend." makes references to golden lion tamarins and Arabian babblers.
  • Among the species used for the hybridized animals of Avatar: The Last Airbender include lemurs, marmosets, mandrills, gemsboks, prairie dogs, marmots, lesser pandas, mongoose, meerkats, opossums, woodpeckers, pheasants, basilisks, Komodo dragons, flying fish, sooty copper butterflies, and fritillaries.
  • Babar and the Adventures of Badou has Munroe the African crested porcupine and Squeeze the rock python. Marabou storks also frequently show up in the series.
  • The Penguin in Batman: The Animated Series used exotic birds like the Andean vulture and the cassowary in some of his crimes.
  • The PBS adaption of The Berenstain Bears featured a blue jay, a paradise tanager (which had red wings as opposed to real-life black ones), and a leopard frog.
  • It's a Big Big World features a tamandua (a species of anteater) named Bob, a pair of marmosets named Smooch and Winslow, and a quetzal bird named Birdette.
  • Bilby, in case you didn't guess from the title, stars a bilby. Monitor lizards, echidnas and other relatively obscure Australian Wildlife also appear in the short.
  • Kiki the capybara and the manatee dummy in one episode of Bob's Burgers. Another episode made reference to the cormorant.
  • BoJack Horseman takes place in a world populated by both humans and anthropomorphic animals. Obscure species can sometimes be seen. One episode features an underwater city. In addition to well-known species like bottlenose dolphins and seahorses, there are blobfish, krill, anglerfish, a Pantropical spotted dolphin, and others.
  • Bonkers D. Bobcat is a bobcat.
  • Brandy & Mr. Whiskers has all sorts of obscure South American fauna including a giant otter, tapirs, capybaras, kinkajous, coatis, basilisk lizards, marmosets, and even a walking stick insect.
  • Camp Lazlo has Slinkman the banana slug, Chip and Skip the dung beetles, Patsy the mongoose, and Dave and Ping-Pong the loons.
  • CatDog has Lola, a whip-poor-will.
  • Many episodes of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! are focused on animals and it sometimes covers some more unusual ones including the duck-billed platypus, booby birds, water striders, and, of course, the ever-rare hatted-cat.
  • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers had a Tasmanian devil in the episode "Wolf in Cheap Clothing".
  • The Clarence episode "In Dreams" shows Clarence dreaming about a mongoose. Another episode "Bird Boy Man" had Sumo taking in a roadrunner.
  • Classic Disney Shorts:
    • The Goofy animated short African Diary featured hartebeest, which resemble medium-sized antelope whose horns are shaped like hearts, hence their name.
    • The Pelican and the Snipe starred a pelican and a snipe, probably being the only cartoon where you can see the latter species onscreen.
    • "Pigs Is Pigs" features two guinea pigs at the Westcote railroad station who reproduce countless offspring. Guinea pigs may not be that seldom seen these days, but they were seldom seen back in 1954, when this cartoon was released.
  • One episode of The Cleveland Show, "A Short Story and a Tall Tale", had a Komodo dragon named Cameron.
  • Cow and Chicken featured striped hyenas, a jackal, and spotted owls.
  • Craig of the Creek:
    • Mortimer, Kelsey's pet bird, is a budgerigar.
    • Wildernessa's dog Cheesesticks is a Tibetan Mastiff.
    • A red salamander appears in the beginning of "Sunday Clothes".
    • In "Deep Creek Salvage", Kelsey imagines getting a Komodo dragon as an animal companion.
    • A great grey heron appears in "The Evolution of Craig".
  • Creature Comforts:
    • The original 1989 short featured a South American cougar and a tarsier.
    • The cartoon series included an angler, blue pearl shrimp, pileated woodpeckers, pill bugs, walking stick insects, dung beetles, corgis, meerkats and tapirs.
  • The Farm League shorts on DC Nation featuring a Funny Animal Justice League of America include Supermanatee, Batmongoose, Wonder Wombat, Aquamandrill and Green Lamprey (who, despite his name, is a warthog). Their villains include Lex Liger. Yes, the lion/tiger crossbreed species.
  • Dino-Riders had Torosaurus, Monoclonius, Edmontonia, Kentrosaurus, Saurolophus, Placerias, Pachyrinosaurus, Chasmosaurus, Desmatosuchus, Doedicurus, and Archaeotherium alongside the usual Stock Dinosaurs.
  • Dinosaur Train primarily features many obscure dinosaur genera.
  • Dora the Explorer has an episode dedicated to the coqui, a tree frog native to Puerto Rico.
    • The World Adventure special featured a hyena as Swiper's Tanzanian counterpart.
  • DuckTales (2017):
    • Mark Beaks is confirmed to be an African grey parrot by the creators.
    • The skeleton of Geosternbergia can be seen in Scrooge's garage in "Woo-oo!" A literal species example occurs with the Triceratops skeleton, which appears to be based on T. prorsus instead of the iconic T. horridus.
    • Most of Toth-Ra's followers from "The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra!" are lanner falcons or jackals, as they are designed after the Egyptian gods Horus and Anubis.
    • Freshwater sponges are featured in Issue 0 of the comic.
    • Selene is an ibis according to the creators, although she looks more like a white dove.
    • "From the Confidential Casefiles of Agent 22!" introduces Black Heron. In that same episode, a northern cardinal is seen flying past McDuck Manor.
    • "The Depths of Cousin Fethry!" features blobfish, krill, and vampire squid. In that same episode, Huey makes reference to the eel-tailed catfish a.k.a. freshwater catfish or dewfish (although the illustration he shows to Dewey looks more like a common catfish). The mutant sea worms also bear resemblance to the deep-sea tube worm.
    • A hoatzin appears in "The Town Where Everyone Was Nice!". The villagers, portrayed as native South American birds, include toco toucans, keel-billed toucans, and a resplendent quetzal.
    • "Friendship Hates Magic!" introduces Violet Sabrewing the violet sabrewing. As an added bonus, this is one of the few examples of an anthropomorphic hummingbird in fiction.
    • A whale shark briefly appears in "Happy Birthday, Doofus Drake!", in a photograph of Mark and Boyd at the aquarium.
    • In the Cold Open of "The Richest Duck in the World!", we see that the previous richest person in the world was a go-away-bird named Mr. Zee. Which is also a Stealth Pun, as he wants the Bombie curse to go away, and the first thing he does when he's finally free of the curse is going away so that Scrooge can't cancel the deal.
  • One episode of The Emperor's New School had Kuzco turning into a red-eyed tree frog. Another episode prominently featured manatees.
  • Fish Hooks has Albert Glass the glass catfish.
  • The Animated Adaptation of Franklin had a one-shot magician character named Marten who was an anthropomorphic pine marten.
  • Futurama often uses this trope.
    • A coelacanth appears in "Deep South". More also appear in "The Farnsworth Paradox" kept by the Professor in a tank.
    • "Deep South" also showed humphead wrasse, a weedy sea dragon, clownfish, and a manta ray.
    • In "Love and Rocket", when Bender and the Planet Express ship visit a zoo, they come across Malayan tapirs with their young. Bender even calls himself a cuddly baby tapir after saying he is a lone wolf and a solitary eagle.
    • Egrets appear in "Obsoletely Fabulous".
    • "300 Big Boys" has Mushu the pygmy sperm whale.
    • "Bender's Big Score" has a narwhal named Leelu. She is portrayed as having a tusk which is a rare occasion for female narwhals, and she is even described as a "rare toothed female narwhal".
    • "Into the Wild Green Yonder" showed thylacines and white rhinoceroses as among the species preserved by the Last Encyclopod.
    • "A Clockwork Origin" had an Elaphrosaurus skeleton. There's also references to Homo erectus, Homo habilis, Australopithecus, and Darwinius. A tarsier also appears as a museum display.
    • In "Thief of Baghead", some of the aquatic life on display at the aquarium include Japanese spider crab, dragonfish, lanternfish, Baculites, Psephoderma, Bothriolepis, Diplocaulus, and Cryptoclidus. Bender is also attacked by an ichthyosaur that bears a resemblance to Cymbospondylus.
    • "Fun on a Bun" showed Doedicurus and Macrauchenia. Zapp Brannigan also gets attacked by a saber-toothed cat that resembles Machairodus.
    • "Fry and Leela's Big Fling" featured bonobos, lar gibbons, mandrills, hamadryas baboons, black-footed gray langurs, collared mangabeys, proboscis monkeys, black-headed spider monkeys, and ring-tailed lemurs alongside more commonly-seen primates such as gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans. Amy also disguises herself as a common marmoset, and a black-and-white colobus appears as a statue.
    • "Naturama" featured Pinta Island tortoise, Darwin's finch, marine iguana, blue-footed booby, elephant seal, and vampire squid.
    • In "Leela and the Genestalk", among the genetically-enhanced animals are flying rainbow oarfish.
    • A chinchilla appears in "Murder on the Planet Express".
  • George and Martha has Bud and Valerie the hyenas, and some of the minor characters include a Komodo dragon, ring-tailed lemurs, bushbabies, a golden lion tamarin, and a manatee.
  • The 2007 version of George of the Jungle features spider monkeys, howler monkeys, ring-tailed lemurs, golden marmosets/golden lion tamarins, tapirs, meerkats, tree shrews, manatees, striped mongoose, and bushbabies.
  • The titular character of Gigantosaurus is a large Giganotosaurus. Several obscure prehistoric creatures also appear in the series, such as Diplocaulus, Rugosodon, and Terminonatator.
  • Go, Diego, Go! features a lot of Seldom-Seen Species, including spectacled bears, kinkajous, okapis, and pygmy marmosets.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • The show featured purple finches, greater yellow-finches, white zebra finches, chickadees, mountain bluebirds, American white pelicans, pileated woodpeckers, turkey vultures, stilt sandpipers, California quails, Virginia opossums, spotted dolphins, American badgers, and gopher snakes.
    • "The Legend of the Gobblewonker" showed two species of salmon: Chinook and Sockeye.
    • The dinosaur-themed "Land Before Swine" featured Ceratosaurus among the dinosaurs trapped in tree sap.
    • In "Society of the Blind Eye", Mermando was revealed to have been engaged to a manatee queen. Also, a protoceratopsid skeleton can be spotted in the museum.
    • A few Freeze-Frame Bonuses show that the main inhabitant of Grunkle Stan's aquarium is an Axolotl, which seems to be a particular favorite of creator Alex Hirsch.
  • One late 1950s/early '60s Hanna-Barbera cartoon had a hyena (a carnivore not much seen outside of media related to The Lion King) named Hardy Har Har. He was a spotted "laughing" hyena (have you ever seen a striped hyena on TV?note ), and was drawn to resemble a dog (even though hyenas are more closely related to mongooses and meerkats).
  • An episode of the Harold and the Purple Crayon Animated Adaptation features a titanosaur as the main sauropod as well as Centrosaurus, Ouranosaurus (or Edaphosaurus), and what appears to be a prosauropod.
  • The titular duo of the Heckle and Jeckle cartoons are yellow-billed magpies.
  • Hero: 108 usually features well-known animals, but it also has a few lesser seen species, such as ligers, pangolins, star-nosed moles and alpacas.
  • Hilda features mythological creatures rarely-seen in cartoons, such as thunderbirds, vittra, lindworms, and nisse.
  • Played with in The Hive - while bees aren't exactly uncommon in fiction, this is the first time they've been the stars of a show featuring Anthropomorphic Animals.
  • Infinity Train:
    • "The Corgi Car" features Pembroke Welsh Corgis alongside their more rarer sister breed, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. King Atticus himself is an example of the latter.
    • In "The Unfinished Car", Aloysius III makes mention of soft-shelled turtles along with hard-shelled turtles. Lampshaded when Tulip confuses his "hard and soft shells" for tacos.
    • A bearded dragon makes an appearance in "The Tape Car".
  • Tiko from Jana of the Jungle is a yapok, a little-known aquatic species of opossum. The show mislabels him a coatimundi, which is a completely different animal.
  • The direct-to-video series Jingaroo was set in the Australian outback. Toot and Snoot are marsupial moles, and Jabiru is a Tasmanian tiger (presumed extinct).
  • Jumanji has some different animals; great Indian hornbill, brown throated sloths, giant morays, wandering albatross, hartebeest, Jackson's chameleon, Dall's sheep, poison dart frog, yellow mongoose, a Komodo dragon, giant salamanders, African jacana, thorny devil, lesser kudu, Mexican beaded lizard, Black and rufous sengi, spotted hyenas, binturong, and even a proboscis monkey.
  • Jungle Cubs featured geladas (referred to as baboons), a mongoose, Indian rhinos, a babirusa, dholes, Asiatic cheetahs, a pangolin, striped hyenas, mugger crocodiles, and four-horned antelopes.
  • Kenny the Shark has a bull shark named Elly who served as a temporary Love Interest for the titular character.
  • Rufus the naked mole rat from Kim Possible. The reason they chose a naked mole rat? The executives at Disney wanted a Team Pet, so the writers went with a naked mole rat just so Disney Channel would have to say "naked" in their advertising for the show.
  • In Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny, Jindao's Dragon and Mooks are water deer, recognisable by their prominent tusks. The characters don't seem to be familiar with them either, with Po calling them "weird vampire deer things".
  • The Last of the Curlews features Eskimo curlews and golden plovers.
  • The early 2000s Animated Adaptation of the German book series The Little Polar Bear features an Arctic hare who is one of the supporting characters in the series.
  • Littlest Pet Shop (2012):
    • Sunil Nevla the mongoose is a main character.
    • And as far as dog breeds go, there have so far been Zoe, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel; Sam U.L., a Griffon Bruxellois; and Philippe, a French Terrier. All three breeds are actually rather common in real life but are rarely represented in fiction, probably because they're difficult to recognize.
    • Overall, this series is not shy about picking from anywhere in the animal kingdom, such as with Steve, a water cobra; Bearded Lady, a bearded lizard; Desi, a myna bird; and Sweetcheeks, a sugar glider. Julie McNally Cahill and Tim Cahill have previously shown their expertise at animal identification with My Gym Partner's a Monkey (see below).
  • Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own:
    • Jade is a Bombay cat.
    • Edie is a budgie, which are common in real life but aren't seen much in fiction.
  • Looney Tunes:
  • One episode of The Loud House, "Scales of Justice", has Lana being friends with a mated pair of lake sturgeons.
  • The Magic School Bus:
    • "Meets the Rot Squad" features a bessie bug (a member of the family Passalidae).
    • "All Dried Up" features kangaroo rats, roadrunners, collared lizards, horned lizards, peccaries and desert shrimp.
    • "The Busasaurus" features Alamosaurus, Maiasaura and Troodon.
    • "Butterfly and the Bog Beast" features a zebra butterfly.
    • "Spins a Web" features a net-casting spider.
    • "In the Rain Forest" features silky anteaters, peccaries, midge flies and red-eyed tree frogs.
    • "Goes to Mussel Beach" features turban snails, gooseneck barnacles, owl limpets and periwinkles.
    • "Gets Swamped" features muskrats, marsh hawks, red-winged blackbirds and wood ducks.
    • "In the City" features nighthawks.
    • "Takes a Dive" features pistol shrimp, goby fish and remoras.
  • Mike, Lu & Og has a wombat who is a Friendly Enemy with Alfred.
  • One episode of Miles from Tomorrowland features a tardigrade.
  • My Dad the Rock Star has Mosh the Komodo dragon.
  • My Gym Partner's a Monkey has several of these. Any character in the series, in fact, can be identified down to the species. To name some, there is Jake Spidermonkey, Slips Python (specifically a green tree python), Bull Sharkowski, Dickie Sugarjumper (actually a sugar glider), Principal Pixiefrog, Mr. Mandrill, and Miss Loon (though she turned out to be a blue jay). Minor characters and one-shots included an emperor tamarin, a capybara, a dingo, a monitor lizard, a slender loris, a bushdog, a mongoose, a harpy eagle, a basking shark, a wombat, and a manatee.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Some of Fluttershy's birds include jays, loons, bitterns, and keel-billed toucans.
    • "The Best Night Ever" has wallaroos, meadowlarks, and spider monkeys.
    • One of Ahuizotl's cat minions is a lynx.
    • "Viva Las Pegasus" has prairie dogs.
    • A pileated woodpecker appears in "It Isn't the Mane Thing About You".
    • While not exactly one, the malwurf from "To Change a Changeling" strongly resembles a star-nosed mole.
    • In "School Raze - Part 2", it is shown that one of the animals making up the chimera is the long-tailed saber-toothed cat Machairodus (as opposed to a lion like in the original mythology).
    • Several monsters and fantastical creatures originate from rather obscure myth and folklore, and are rarely seen in modern media.
    • A short of Equestria Girls has Sunset Shimmer adopting a pet leopard gecko named Ray.
  • Noah's Island had aardvark, proboscis monkey, mandrill, desman, bandicoot, aye-aye, golden mole, baboon, striped hyena, brown hyena, wombat, hyrax, Komodo dragon, wallaby, pangolin, mongoose, sloth, and Spix's macawnote .
  • The Octonauts features obscure marine animals not featured in children's cartoons like blobfish, mimic octopuses, dwarf lanternsharks, giant siphonophores, gulper eels, decorator crabs, barreleyes, and many, many more.
  • Ovide and the Gang featured a proboscis monkey in one episode. Alvin the three-toed sloth also deserves mention; the cartoon was made in 1987, when sloths were obscure back then. The titular character and his cousin Saphron count as well, as platypuses were not as popular in the 80s as they are now.
  • Peep and the Big Wide World has blue jays.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • Part of Heinz Doofenshmirtz's Hilariously Abusive Childhood involved getting adopted by ocelots.
    • In "Tour De Ferb", Doofenshmirtz's part-time job involved posing for an advertisement with a wombat.
    • In "Interview With a Platypus", among the animals chasing Candace, there is a roadrunner.
    • "Hawaiian Vacation" had a manta ray. Also in the same episode, Perry and Doofenshmirtz briefly get transformed into an Ichthyornis and a mudskipper respectively, and Doofenshmirtz plans to turn the human population of the Tri-State Area into Pliopithecus.
    • The red-billed oxpecker from "What'd I Miss?"
    • "The Secret of Success" had a manatee.
    • "Where's Perry" featured bontebok, bongo, zebu, waterbuck, and ring-tailed lemurs.
    • The blind cave salamander from "Save Summer".
    • "Der Kinderlumper" had chinchillas.
    • The star-nosed mole from "At the Car Wash".
    • "It's About Time!" had Alamosaurus and enantiornithines.
    • "My Fair Goalie" had emus.
    • Perry himself, a duck-billed platypus, counts as one. The creators wanted his species to be an uncommon animal that couldn't be bought from pet stores.
    • Some of the OWCA agents include a mongoose, a great grey heron, and an aardvark.
    • The spin-off special "OWCA Files" features Maggie the Macaw.
  • The Raccoons had Cyril Sneer and his son Cedric, who are aardvarks. In 1985.
  • Regular Show:
    • Mordecai is a blue jay.
    • Margaret's cousin John appears to be an oriole.
    • The episode "Replaced" has Chad the Australian possum and Jeremy the ostrich, the former of which is rarely represented in fiction.
    • Rigby himself closely resembles the crab-eating raccoon of South America more than the common North American raccoon. It's never been confirmed which one he is supposed to be.
      • Though in the music video bumper, a live-action North American raccoon was briefly seen before becoming live-action Rigby.
    • The commercial seen in "Every Meat Burrito" makes a list of several obscure animals (aside from bacon and long pig).
      Gila monster, pigeon, marmot, dik-dik, baboon, bushpig, long pig, aardwolf, manatee, bat-eared fox, red bat, spotted bat, dog-faced bat, opossum, emu, hairy long-nosed armadillo, big hairy armadillo, screaming hairy armadillo, colocolo, spectacled bear, lowland tapir, red deer, shy albatross, komondor dog, hagfish, Sonoran sidewinder, snorkel viper, oak-leaf rattler, bacon, narwhal, kookaburra, aha ha, blobfish, bulldog stargazer, tufted titmouse, screaming cowbird, green jay, lady Amherst pheasant, Polish chicken, quetzal, Surinam toad, tomato frog, turtle frog, Christmas tree worm, vampire squid, coelacanth, mugger crocodile, aye-aye, dumbo octopus, platypus... and more!
    • A emu made a brief appearance in "Mordecai and Rigby Down Under."
    • One of several bird-themed mecha in "Brilliant Century Duck Crisis Special" is a robotic cassowary (that initial looks like an actual one).
    • The "USA! USA!" music video had a blue bird-of-paradise.
  • Muddy Mudskipper from The Ren & Stimpy Show.
  • Rocko the wallaby in Rocko's Modern Life. Lampshaded when a dog catcher thinks Rocko just made that up and throws him in with the other dogs.
  • Samurai Jack: in "LII," a.k.a. "Jack and the Baby," after two failed attempts with a deer and an opossum, Jack finally gets some milk for the starving infant from what appears to be a Sivatherium.
  • In Sarah & Duck, the former titular character is known to have a soft spot for sea cows aka manatees. A blobfish and an ocean sunfish appear in one episode, and another is dedicated to the basking shark.
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated has Professor Pericles, an African grey parrot.
  • The Secret Saturdays has a Komodo dragon and a Tropeognathus as two of the main animal characters. Similarly, it has a wide variety of obscure cryptids like the Fiskerton Phantom, the Hibagon, the Orang-pendak, the Mapinguari, and the Owlman.
  • Sofia the First features Freedo the gelada.
  • Spongebob Squarepants:
    • The title character is a sea sponge and Plankton is a copepod.
    • Minor sea creatures include flounder, groupers, whelks, nematodes, rays, hagfish, krill, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, sea bunnies, yeti crabs, gulper eels, anglers, and flatworms.
    • A Tylosaurus and a Tanystropheus appear in the episode "Lost and Found".
  • Stanley teaches a wide variety of issues that preschoolers face by featuring animals who deal with or explain said issues. Among the animals featured are Japanese macaques, X-ray fish, umbrella birds, coral, and cedar waxwings.
  • In Star vs. the Forces of Evil, one of Star's spells involves summoning narwhals.
  • Steven Universe:
    • The episode "Love Letters" had a gem monster based on a tardigrade.
    • Amethyst took the form of a blue jay in "Cat Fingers", and an actual one appears later in "Beach City Drift".
    • One issue of the ongoing comic series features gem monsters resembling hornbills.
  • Slammu of Street Sharks takes the form of a whale shark, as opposed to his brothers who transform into well-known shark species (great white, hammerhead, and tiger shark). Similarly, the Sharks' ally Rox turns into a mako shark.
  • Taz-Mania featured a host of Australian and Tasmanian fauna, including bush rats, wallabies, dingoes, wombats, emus, the titular Tasmanian Devils, and even a Thylacine (Tasmanian Wolf). There's also the kiwi, which is native to New Zealand as opposed to Australia or Tasmania.
  • Some of the animals Beast Boy transformed into in Teen Titans are a ring-tailed lemur, a capybara, a mongoose, a meerkat, a musk ox, a ground sloth, a hummingbird, a Utahraptor, and a sailfish.
  • An episode of Teen Titans Go! had Beast Boy turning into a cuttlefish and a pangolin. There was also a brief reference of the baboon. Another episode had him turn into a two-toed sloth, and in another a shoebill.
  • Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales has Jerboa Jump the kangaroo rat.
  • The Tick:
    • Speak, the Tick's pet, is a capybara. Lampshaded in that Tick mistook him for a dog before taking him to the vet (although Speak does look more like a dog than a capybara).
    • "Grandpa Wore Tights" showed gibbons.
    • "The Tick vs. Prehistory" features australopithecines, Megacerops, and camelids, with mention made of Glyptodon, Baluchitherium (Paraceratherium), and Arsinoitherium.
  • Little Beeper, Concord Condor, Bookworm, and Dizzy Devil from Tiny Toon Adventures. Shirley McLoon would also count (not many loons in fiction), but she looks like a duck as opposed to the actual loon species.
  • The giant anteater in Top Cat, a show that aired in the early 1960s, when anteaters at all were a rare occurrence in fiction.
  • VeggieTales features a song dedicated to "Barbara Manatee." They also had another song called "Song of the Cebu".
  • Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production:
    • "Not Lyin' Lion" has Snorts, a naked mole rat. The same episode also showed a genet.
    • The villain of "Splashwater Bugs" is an elephant seal named Slugsworthy the First.
    • "Fwee Wange Wabbit" has a turkey vulture named Vera.
  • We Bare Bears:
    • "Viral Video" has Balancing Lizard, a bearded dragon.
    • In "Food Truck", great egrets and ground doves can be briefly seen during the panoramic shot of the animals going on a rampage.
    • In "Primal", a two-toed sloth makes a brief appearance on the related videos list.
    • "Chloe and Ice Bear" showed moon jellyfish and a decorator crab.
    • "Hibernation" has books referring to goannas, greylag geese, griffon vultures, and harbor seals.
    • The seal from "Bear Cleanse" appears to be either a grey seal or a harbor seal, judging by its coat color and spots.
    • "Yuri and the Bear" has a bridled tern.
    • "Poppy Rangers" has a rose-wing grasshopper and a cave salamander (which looked more like an axolotl).
    • California quails make an appearance in "Citizen Tabes". Tabes's Wildlife Checklist also lists marmot, chuckwalla (misspelled as "chuckwall"), bufflehead, Sprague's pipit, and differential grasshopper.
    • "Lil' Squid" featured spotted eagle rays, copperband butterflyfish, clownfish, and blue tang.
    • A toco toucan briefly appears in "The Limo".
    • A shovel-snouted lizard appears in "El Oso".
    • Doctor Ocelot from "Tunnels".
    • The dog that appears in "Fire!" is a Shiba Inu.
  • Many of the animals explored on Wild Animal Baby Explorers are very rare. One installment, about flightless birds, includes footage of the kakapo, which has only 123 known adult individuals as of June 2016 and is considered critically endangered. Given that the show ended airing new episodes in 2012, it's very possible that one or more of the animals seen on it is now extinct.
  • Sometimes the only point of an episode of Wild Kratts is showcasing little known animals — or little known facts about normal animals. We have seen caracals and fossa, and even the pigeon got a highlight in one episode when it was revealed that is one of only three types of bird to feed their young with milk (the other two being a specific sort of penguin and a specific sort of flamingo).
  • The Wild Thornberrys, being a show about animals, has boatloads of these. Including capybaras, Sumatran rhinoceroses, Komodo dragons, Brazillian tapirs, pangolins, snow leopards, proboscis monkeys, Tasmanian devils, Andean condors, red pandas, lyrebirds, aye-ayes, stoats, marine iguanas, echidnas, red colobuses, common dolphins, Przewalski's horses, Galapagos finches, sun bears, hornbills, dugongs, sitatungas, fossa, colugos, and viscachas.
  • Woody Woodpecker is a rare example of cartoon woodpecker.
  • Sibini from Xiaolin Showdown is an earwig-like creature which possesses Clay's mind when freed from his mosaic. There's also the Bird Of Paradise and one of the Shen Gong Wus is based on a manta ray.

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