10 Hairless & Balding Animals

Hairless Chimp

In 2022, 17% of Americans believed they could beat a chimpanzee in a brawl, coinciding with the visibility of hairless chimps like Mongo at Twycross Zoo, England.

Hairless Baboon

A baboon with alopecia filmed in Botswana highlights their adaptability despite hair loss, challenging the belief in their vulnerability.

Lowland Streaked Tenrec

The tenrec from Madagascar, despite sparse hair, thrives with sensory quills evolved from hairs, aiding navigation and defense.

White-bellied Pangolin

An African pangolin with minimal hair and unique scales faces endangerment due to illegal wildlife trade, despite their harmless keratin fibers.

Northern Bald Ibis

This bald-faced bird, once extinct in Europe, showcases adaptation with a beak for precision feeding and potential for reintroduction efforts.

Bald Uakari

South American monkeys known for their bald, bright red faces, which signal health and play a role in mate selection, despite vulnerability to malaria.

Naked Mole Rat

Fascinating for their baldness among rodents, naked mole rats are eusocial, cancer-resistant, and temperature-adaptable, defying mammalian norms.

North Sulawesi Babirusa

Known for grotesque tusks and near-baldness, these proto-pigs from Indonesia reflect ancient lineage and unfortunate evolutionary traits.

Greater Adjutant

Among the largest storks, these birds feed on garbage, sporting bald necks to avoid contamination, with inflatable pouches for mating display.

Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture

A symbol of resilience, these bald vultures epitomize power and adaptability in scavenging, crucial to their ecosystem’s balance.

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