Aug 3

Have you ever looked out of your kitchen window and wish you saw snow-capped mountains, a lush woodland or even an ocean view? Only a privileged few can enjoy such sought after sights from their homes but you might be interested to learn that views like these are the everyday norm for many species around the world.

We’ve searched the ARKive collection high and low to come up with our Top Ten list of amazing habitats and after seeing where these species call home, you might find yourself house-hunting soon!

Mighty mountains

Photo of brown bears in Russian habitat

Mountain landscapes, especially snow-capped mountain landscapes, are prized views and are highly sought after real estate. The brown bears in this picture have quite the daily morning view while foraging for breakfast in Russia.

No rainy days here

Sand dune habitat

Some might find the harsh heat and unyielding desert sun an inhospitable place to call home. However when you consider the lovely, vast open spaces, the endless sunny days and spectacular sunrises and sunsets, it’s easy to see why species such as the Arabian oryx call it home.

An underwater rainbow

Netfin grouper in coral reef habitat

Few underwater habitats rival the beauty of reefs. With strikingly colorful corals to schools of silvery fish swimming by, corals might just win the award of top neighborhood on our list.

Sledding at sunset

Photo of emperor penguins tobogganing across landscape

Another underappreciated habitat, polar areas host some of the world’s most fantastic sunrises and sunsets. Plus, like the emperor penguins, the temperatures require cuddling to stay warm which could be a nice perk!

A different kind of high-rise

Avenue of Grandidier's baobab trees

Grandidier’s baobab create an awe-worthy landscape themselves with their massive cylindrical trunks topped with leafy crowns. Various species in Madagascar, such as lemurs, are quick to take advantage of the lovely habitat provided by Grandidier’s baobab.

Beach bum

 Photo of female leatherback turtle at nesting site on beach

An ocean view is the brass ring of luxury homes yet the leatherback turtles can have this view whenever it wants and can come to shore up to ten times per season to lay a clutch of eggs. Talk about an enviable nursery.

Making homes in meadows

 Cattle egret in meadow habitat

Rolling meadows full of vibrant and colorful flowers is a favorite of the cattle egret and make for gorgeous habitat to boot. Although, this picture of a wildcat comes in at a close second for its lovely, open field and shades of green.

High altitude home

Photo of alpine marmot in habitat

A room with a view! The alpine marmot is a high altitude species seeking mountainous terrain with ample vegetation. It seems the marmot could see for miles from this perch.

Open water wonderland 

Photo of a pod of orcas in habitat

Wide open spaces can be hard to come by on land but the ocean is full of terrific open seas with breathtaking backdrops. Take these orcas, for instance, that can be found gliding through the oceans of the Pacific Northwest down to the waters of the equator and beyond.

Meet the neighbors

Barbary macaques in typical habitat, with Straits of Gibraltar in background

Although species are likely to be found in the beautiful habitats listed above, there are quite a large number of species that make their homes in places very familiar to humans. Tourists may find the view of the Straits of Gibraltar to be awe-inspiring; however Barbary macaques have staked their fair share of the landscape.

Now that you’ve seen our picks for the most beautiful habitats on ARKive, where would you choose to live? Can you find other stunning landscapes on ARKive? Share them with us!

Liana Vitali, ARKive Science, Education and Outreach Officer, Wildscreen USA