Anolis proboscis: Ugly and Famous

Beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder.

Photo by D. Luke Mahler

For Simon Watt, the author of “The Ugly Animals: We Can’t All Be Pandas”, the horned or Pinocchio anole, Anolis proboscis is ugly.




Perhaps an unfair title, but any press is good press isn’t it? A. proboscis (above, and featured many times on , such as here and here), is listed in the book as one of 60 animals, that are “ugly”, i.e., not as endearing as the Panda. The aim of the book is to highlight critically endangered animals that may not be adorably cute or beautiful, but nevertheless still entitled to our help and conservation efforts.

So next time you see a WWF poster advertising “Save the Panda”, spare a thought for the many other animals that need some love too.

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