While we like to think that humans only inhabit centers, that is actually not true in reality. We humans actually cohabitate urban spaces with different species from animal kingdoms. From birds to mammals, Urban wildlife has become part of city life.
While some animals are native to particular geographic locations, other animals are universally common. Today we will be looking at some of the most common urban-dwelling animals. Since we have already covered some of the most common birds you can find in cities, this article will not include birds.
Monkeys and other small primates might not be that common in the western world. But in the east, specifically, Asia, monkeys are a common sight in cities. Monkeys thrive in the urban environment, where there is plenty of food and a maze of a concrete jungle for them to play in.
Monkeys have adapted to live in urban centers in Asia, primarily out of necessity. This is a theme that you will see with all the animals on this list. As humans expand their cities, we start occupying spaces that belonged to native animals species for thousands of years. And those animals have to adapt and become part of this new normal for them. So if you are visiting South Asian and South Asian cities near large jungles, expect to see monkeys all over the place.
Man’s best friend is quite a common sight in almost any city in the world. While species may vary depending on where you are, Dogs will permanently inhabit space near humans. For example, in colder regions of the world, you might find Dogs with oversized coats like huskies. While warmer climates will have dogs with little to no fur.
Dogs have adapted to city life as well. Dogs raised in urban areas have a different demeanor from those raised in the wild. But dogs always add a new flair to the city they inhabit. This is why many cities around the world have dogs as their city mascots or have dogs on their city flags.
Like dogs, cats are also a common sight in most urban areas around the world. You will find them in alleyways going through garbage or chasing other cats in the streets of most cities.
By living among humans for hundreds of years, these felines have acclimated to the complexities of urban life.
Where humans go, they somehow attract rats and mice with them. These little mammals’ little scavengers, feeding on the scraps left by humans.
You will find rats in dark alleyways and running around in parks on the hunt for food.
The Squirrel has become a symbol of urban and suburban life. They inhabit the trees in urban spaces and add a natural aesthetic to a city.
Among all the animals on this list, squirrels have the most positive outlook. They aren’t considered a nuisance by most people. Instead, most people find them a cute presence. If you want to photograph these tree-dwelling mammals, you will need to go to green spaces in the city. A place with lots of trees for them to jump around on.
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