Mar 13

It’s ARKive’s 10th birthday this year and we want you to join our celebrations by helping us find the World’s Favourite Species.

We think all the world’s species are amazing but which is your favourite? Which animal, plant or fungi is so special that it deserves to be crowned the World’s Favourite Species?

Nominate today!

Nominations are now open and it couldn’t be simpler to vote  – simply find your favourite species on ARKive and click the ‘Nominate Today!’ button.

You have until 3rd April to suggest your favourites (and yes, you can choose more than one species!), after which we’ll draw up the shortlist and put it to the public vote. This shortlist will be whittled down to determine the Top Ten World’s Favourite Species – as chosen by you.

We can’t do it without your input – please spare a few moments to make your nomination TODAY!

Need some inspiration?

There are over 15,000 species on ARKive to nominate, so here are a few suggestions to start you off…

Will you nominate the polar bear – our most visited species so far this month?

Photo of polar bear with cubs

What about a newly discovered species? Is the Louisiana pancake batfish your favourite?

Louisiana pancake batfish

The osprey features as our no.1 video, but will it be no. 1 species?

Photo of osprey in flight carrying fish

Vote now, and share your nominations on Facebook and Twitter!

  • renata leite (March 14th, 2013 at 9:17 am):

    My favorite species is: Small-eared zorro (Atelocynus microtis)

  • Hannah (March 14th, 2013 at 9:07 pm):

    Those images are truly Amazing!

  • Tim Upham (March 15th, 2013 at 9:16 pm):

    My favorite is the Javan rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus).

  • Charlie Newman (March 15th, 2013 at 10:13 pm):

    I vote the Galapagos Tortoise, the biggest tortoises in the world!

  • chei (March 15th, 2013 at 11:01 pm):

    My favourite is thylacine

  • Ann (March 16th, 2013 at 12:52 am):

    Mountain gorillas, hands down!

  • Imrano (March 16th, 2013 at 6:54 am):

    Omg I can’t, this is impossible!!!

  • Homa (March 18th, 2013 at 3:59 am):

    All of them are my favorite,I really can not decide, sorry…….

  • namal (March 18th, 2013 at 4:36 am):


  • Babi Reichardt (March 18th, 2013 at 5:05 pm):

    My favourite birds are falcons. They give power for my life

  • Austin (March 19th, 2013 at 8:27 pm):

    Honey Badger

  • Charlie Moores (March 20th, 2013 at 7:57 am):

    Spoon-billed Sandpiper – was love at first sight, needs our help to survive

  • Jodders (March 20th, 2013 at 3:47 pm):

    bottlenosed dolphins…u cant better them

  • Nicholas (March 20th, 2013 at 10:54 pm):

    Thylacine also known as tasmainian tiger nothing can beat it

  • Nicholas (March 20th, 2013 at 10:57 pm):

    Oh and people are trying to clone them they can,t sucssed or it will be theyre
    Extinction all over again

  • Emma (March 23rd, 2013 at 8:02 pm):

    The Lion Tamarins need more love so I’m going for the Golden Lion Tamarin. They’re beautiful animals.

  • bambii (March 25th, 2013 at 6:53 am):

    The Nile crocodile of course!

  • Tommy (March 25th, 2013 at 1:10 pm):

    Tasmanian Devil must win

  • Tommy (March 25th, 2013 at 1:13 pm):

    Or emperor penguin

  • Rodrigo (March 25th, 2013 at 2:37 pm):

    Telmatobius vuleus (Titicaca Water Frog)

  • Rodrigo (March 25th, 2013 at 2:38 pm):

    Telmatobius culeus (Titicaca Water Frog)

  • Max Moller (March 27th, 2013 at 3:40 am):

    Tassie Devil for sure!

  • Bisan (March 27th, 2013 at 1:12 pm):

    My favorite species is the snow leopard! :-)

  • agor (March 27th, 2013 at 5:49 pm):

    My species is magpie (pica pica)

  • Julia Earl (March 27th, 2013 at 8:00 pm):

    Bird voiced treefrog!

  • thepackwillrise (March 27th, 2013 at 11:38 pm):

    thylanine i miss you but got to say greywolf

  • thepackwillrise (March 27th, 2013 at 11:39 pm):

    thyanine thyanine

  • Julie Collier (March 28th, 2013 at 10:21 am):

    Cheetahs, they are beautiful.

  • Ewa (March 28th, 2013 at 10:33 am):

    GREY WOLF as a symbol of pure wilderness

  • WY Ng (March 28th, 2013 at 10:38 am):

    The Sunda Colugo (Flying Lemur) is the most beautiful creature I’ve ever seen or hadthe pleasure to work with.

  • Laura Markley (March 28th, 2013 at 3:41 pm):

    I nominate the Abronia (Abronia graminea). It is a beautiful creature that should be given a closer look by researchers.

  • SirKangaroo (March 28th, 2013 at 8:28 pm):

    my favorite is the Huon tree kangaroo is beautiful and rare

  • SnOLePaRd (March 28th, 2013 at 10:56 pm):

    The snow leopard for sure!!!

  • Nate (March 29th, 2013 at 3:32 pm):

    My favourite is the Emperor Penguin! Very pretty animals.

  • ARKive blog Endangered Species of the Week: Tehuantepec jackrabbit - (March 30th, 2013 at 9:00 am):

    […] you have a favourite species? Why not join our campaign to find the World’s Favourite Species and nominate it […]

  • Katy (March 30th, 2013 at 12:33 pm):

    Can’t decided between the Ground Pangolin or the Sea Gooseberry. Love watching the videos.

  • pilar (March 30th, 2013 at 11:27 pm):

    The Tiger is beatiful {3

  • Konstantnos (March 31st, 2013 at 10:03 pm):

    I like all species. I really can’t decide. They are all useful for our world.

  • makenna (April 1st, 2013 at 4:11 pm):

    Japanese weasel! omg awesome

  • Pedro Silva (April 1st, 2013 at 5:28 pm):

    My favorite species is the Panthera uncia, it’s beautiful!

  • KubaLewandowski (April 2nd, 2013 at 9:24 am):


  • nigel driessen (April 2nd, 2013 at 9:24 am):

    red panda

  • jacob beswick (April 2nd, 2013 at 9:01 pm):

    i love them all! cant chose!!

  • Kay Clark (April 3rd, 2013 at 11:25 am):

    My favourite is the Bee Hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae)!, Kay

  • Andy Rogan (April 3rd, 2013 at 12:06 pm):

    Giant Squid ! Can’t wait to see the footage NHK and Discovery are hiding away !

  • Emma (April 3rd, 2013 at 12:11 pm):

    African leopard.

  • Gabriele Rice (April 3rd, 2013 at 2:59 pm):

    Canis lupus (grey wolf) – for they still suffer more human hatred and persecution than almost any other mammal.

  • Alex (April 3rd, 2013 at 5:21 pm):

    Spider Monkey DUH

  • Di (April 3rd, 2013 at 9:35 pm):

    Difficult but tiger.

  • Chantal (April 4th, 2013 at 1:24 pm):

    Maned Wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus)

  • audra (April 5th, 2013 at 3:10 pm):

    my favorite animal is between the tiger and cheetah and the lion

  • audra (April 5th, 2013 at 3:11 pm):

    my favorite animal is the snow leapard

  • Jakub (April 6th, 2013 at 4:55 pm):

    Gray Wolf

  • Larry L (April 6th, 2013 at 5:54 pm):

    the bald eagle is my favorite— didn’t know how beautiful they were till i saw one in real life as i walked in a pasture next to a large pine in flew out and hovered over head in the strong wind at about 40 feet from me W0W and no camera

  • Sebastian (April 6th, 2013 at 7:44 pm):

    Northwest African Cheetah (acinonyx jubatus hecki)

  • Fábio (April 7th, 2013 at 1:33 pm):

    The wolverine!

  • Meaghan (April 7th, 2013 at 11:58 pm):

    Definitely the wolf. I cannot figure out what color of pelt though.

  • Arnold (April 8th, 2013 at 5:06 am):

    Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

  • Andre' (April 8th, 2013 at 11:50 pm):

    Coyote for sure

  • Andre' (April 8th, 2013 at 11:51 pm):

    Canis Latrans

  • Tom Bishop (April 9th, 2013 at 1:55 pm):


  • Wei Han (April 10th, 2013 at 5:44 am):

    The Kakapo, Saola and the olm!