Awe-inducing creatures like mastodons, giant ground sloths, saber-toothed cats and even dire wolves have sadly gone extinct since the last ice age ended about 11,700 years ago. But that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck in seeing prehistoric creatures today. There are still plenty of wildlife species that predate recorded history, and that exist in the same forms they did when they roamed with our loincloth-clad ancestors.
Wherever you see them, these ancient animals — some of which might surprise you — are sure to inspire wonder.
Some of which are:
The horns of the Southern White Rhino are spectacular…and, unfortunately, coveted by poachers.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is leading the charge to protect this one-of-a-kind animal.
The majestic chamois remain abundant in some parts of the world.
The sandhill crane is common…but uncommonly old.
Caribou date back to the last ice age.