Take A Look At The 10 Most Expensive Animals In The World

Can You Believe Some Of Them Cost More Than A House?

By Catalina Barrios

What would you do if you were given thousands of dollars? What would you buy if you had tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to splurge? Some would go traveling, others would buy big houses and expensive cars, and some would save for their retirement. To each their own!

If you search online, you’ll find lists that outline the highest-paid actors, musicians, and athletes on the planet. There are also lists of the world’s most expensive animals. Can you believe an animal can cost over $300,000?

*Gulp* What about supporting the local animal shelter?

For those intrigued, here we’ve rounded up 10 pricey pets

10. Toucan


This beautiful bird can be found in Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean and Mexico. Did you know there are over 40 species of toucans in the world today? This bird’s exotic appeal is one of the reasons why it costs so much money. Its price ranges between $5,000 to $10,000.

9. Savannah Cat


You can get this beautiful, unique cat for $25,000. I can’t justify spending that amount of money on a cat, but there are definitely those who’d gladly pay this price! Unlike most felines, these cats are not afraid of dogs. Savannah cats are described as being very “dog-like” and are thought of as dogs in cat form. The Savannah cat’s expensive price tag is due to the difficulties that surround breeding it.

8. Lavender Albino Ball Python


If you’re a fan of snakes and can afford to shell out a lot of money, the Lavender Albino Ball Python is your perfect match. For a cool $40,000, you can purchase this gorgeous snake known for its eye-catching yellow spots and lavender skin.

7. Stag Beetle


It’s surprising to see a tiny insect with such a big price tag. The Stag Beetle can cost up to $89,000. That’s definitely a lot of money for an animal, especially for an insect. The Stag’s blood-red mandibles and its impressive size — measuring 2 to 3 inches in length — make this species so unique. Have I convinced you to buy one yet?

6. White Lion Cubs


Who knew White Lions were a thing? This one-of-a-kind animal can be yours if you hand over $138,000. These majestic white wonders can be found at the Sabona Wildlife Reserve in South Africa. Their rare color mutation and small population make them so expensive. The Global White Lion Protection Trust estimates that there are “less than 300 White Lions worldwide.”

5. Lancelot Encore

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Meet Lancelot Encore, everybody! He was not expensive because of his features and characteristics but rather the story behind him. When Edgar and Nina Otto lost their beloved Lancelot to cancer they decided to clone their dog. The result was a beautiful $150,000 yellow Labrador named “Lancelot Encore.”

4. Texel Rams and Sheep

A Texel can cost more than $352,000 and is one of the most popular sheep for breeding in Europe. “A lot of people see these animals as lamb chops, but these flocks are at the top of the genetic pile,” said John Yates of the Texel Sheep Society in an interview with Mirror UK.

3. Tibetan Mastiff


If you have $500,000 burning a hole in your pocket and want a one-of-a-kind dog, the Tibetan Mastiff is the obvious choice. The average price of this breed rings in at about $582,000. In addition to being expensive, the Tibetan Mastiff is one of the largest dog breeds. On average, they stand more than 32 inches tall and weigh in at over 150 pounds.

2. Holstein Cow


Miss Missy is a world famous cow. She’s known for two reason. First, she has several championship wins under her hooves. Second, she was purchased for a pretty penny. Her owner paid 1.2 million for her at an animal show.

1. The Green Monkey

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Green Monkey, an elite racing horse, was auctioned off in 2009 for $16,000,000. He was purchased when he was two years old and comes from a family of Kentucky Derby champions.

What do you think of this list? Are there any animals that surprise you or that you dream of having?