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27 Animals that Are Loners (A to Z List & Pictures)

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Examples of animals that are loners and live a solitary lifestyle include anteaters, frogs, pandas, badgers, and koalas.

Animals that are loners, or solitary by nature, and have a different lifestyle than animals that live in groups.

Some animals live alone, but only because they choose to. There are some loners out there who prefer to go it on their own.

We all know that lions live in pride and other social animals like dolphins swim together. But what about the reclusive ones?

Examples of Animals that Are Loners

1. Anteaters

Scientific NameVermilingua
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeCentral and South America except for Guatemala

Anteaters – like the aardvark – are solitary animals that enjoy their privacy and aren’t seen in groups at all. They eat ants and termites all day long, but they do it alone.

Anteaters use their sharp claws to tear open anthills before using their very sensitive tongues to lap up as many insects as possible. The anteater may look cumbersome, but it can actually run pretty fast.

2. Armadillos

Scientific NameDasypodidae
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeCentral and South America

They are not social creatures and typically only interact with one another during mating season. They often live in burrows that they dig themselves.

When an armadillo is threatened, it will curl up into a ball for protection.

3. Black Rhino

Black Rhino
Scientific NameDiceros bicornis
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeKenya down to South Africa

Black Rhino are loners and live a solitary lifestyle. They are naturally shy animals, especially when it comes to other rhinos. They prefer their own company and only come together with others of the same species for mating purposes.

4. Cats

Persian Cat
Scientific NameFelis catus
Type of AnimalMammal

A cat is a good example of an animal that is a loner. Cats are self-sufficient and independent, with the ability to care for themselves alone.

They don’t need humans in order to survive. A person might have one or multiple cats as pets, but they usually only come into contact with each other when feeding them or playing with them.

5. Chuckwalla Lizard

Chuckwalla Lizard
Scientific NameSauromalus
Type of AnimalReptile
Rangesoutheastern California

Their diet consists of small animals like insects and lizards. They live in deserts which makes it difficult to find food, so by living alone they don’t have to compete for resources with other Chuckwalla Lizard.

6. Common Frogs

Scientific NameRana temporaria
Type of AnimalReptile

The common frog is a loner. There is an exception to this rule for female frogs that lay eggs in large groups during the mating season, but other than that they prefer to be by themselves.

7. Desert Tortoise

Desert Tortoise
Scientific NameGopherus agassizii
Type of AnimalReptile
RangeMojave and Sonoran deserts north and west of the Colorado River

Loners are animals that live on their own or in very small groups. A loner will not have many social interactions with other members of the same species if any at all.

The desert tortoise is one such animal that prefers to be alone

8. Fox

red fox
Scientific NameVulpes vulpes
Type of AnimalMammal

Another loner animal is the fox, which lives alone in dens. They are also solitary creatures and only come together during mating season, while they otherwise live on their own to avoid contact with other animals.

This can be beneficial for humans though because these animals don’t need people in order to survive, minimizing human contact.

9. Giant Panda

panda bear
Scientific NameAiluropoda melanoleuca
Type of AnimalMammal
Rangesouthwest China

These animals are one of the few bear species that do not live in a community. Giant pandas also rarely interact with one another, except for when it is time to mate.

10. Hawaiian Monk Seal

Hawaiian Monk Seal
Scientific NameMonachus schauinslandi
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeNorthwestern Hawaiian Islands

They don’t like to be in a group and can travel long distances by themselves.

They may live alone, but they do have the option of mating with other Hawaiian Monk Seals when conditions are right.

It is common for them to stay together only until the pup is weaned, at which time both males and females leave it behind (they do not form pair bonds).

11. Honey Badger

honey badger
Scientific NameMellivora capensis
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeAfrica, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and western Asia

Honey badgers are known for their aggressiveness and live a life of freedom, generally preferring to hunt and range on their own when they aren’t sitting in their burrows

12. Koalas

Koalas sitting in a tree
Scientific NamePhascolarctos cinereus
Type of AnimalMammal

Koalas live alone and prefer it that way. It is a very solitary animal with a unique tree-gripping technique used during feeding, climbing, sitting, or resting positions. Koala lives an average life span of 13 years but some have been known to live up to 18 years.

13. Leopards

Scientific NamePanthera pardus
Type of AnimalReptile
Rangesub-Saharan Africa

Leopards are solitary animals. They live alone and mark their territory with urine or feces to keep other leopards away from them.

If they are in the same area as another leopard, they will avoid contact by hiding out of sight until it is gone. Leopards only come together when breeding season starts.

14. Lionfish

Scientific NamePterois
Type of AnimalFish
RangeSouth Pacific and Indian Oceans

In the ocean, there are animals that live alone as well. The lionfish live a solitary life and do not have any friends or partners to spend time with. In fact, it is rarely seen in groups of two lionfish together because these cetaceans prefer being on their own.

15. Moles

Scientific NameTalpidae
Type of AnimalMammal

Moles are solitary creatures that are rather intolerant of intruders. There’s only room for one person in their elaborate networks of tunnels, no matter how extensive their systems of passageways may be.

16. Moose

Scientific NameAlces alces
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeNorth America, Europe, and Russia

Moose are solitary animals that live in the northern regions of Canada and Alaska. They need a lot to eat, so they will often wander off alone or with one other moose to find enough food for themselves.

17. Orangutans

Scientific NamePongo
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeSoutheast Asian islands of Borneo and Sumatra

Orangutans are solitary animals and adults don’t often interact with each other. They live in dense jungles and forests, spending a lot of time high up in the trees where they rest.

The only time they will interact with others is when it’s time to mate.

18. Platypuses 

Scientific NameOrnithorhynchus anatinus
Type of AnimalMammal
Rangeeastern Australia

Platypuses, as solitary creatures, spend almost the entire duration of their life maintaining a distance from all others, though their territories do occasionally overlap.

This is not due to the presence of undescribed social behavior, however. They do not groom each other or play together.

Rather than spending time with one another, they spend their entire lives alone hunting for food and swimming in rivers all day long.

Platypus is so dedicated to their solitude that even when mating season rolls around (June through October), they still go about their business alone.

19. Polar Bears

polar bear
Scientific NameUrsus maritimus
Type of AnimalMammal

Polar Bears are solitary animals. This means they don’t like to be around other polar bears. The only time that a polar bear will spend with another is when there are cubs or if the female is protecting her young from predators.

20. Red Pandas

Red Panda
Scientific NameAilurus fulgens
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeEastern Himalayas

Red pandas are notoriously shy, choosing a life of solitude over companionship, except, of course, when is mating season.

During mating season, the male red panda is extremely active, but once he has mated with several females and impregnated them all, he loses interest.

21. Sandpipers

Scientific NameScolopacidae
Type of AnimalBird
RangeEurope and Asia

The majority of sandpiper species travel in flocks, but solitary sandpipers take a somewhat different approach.

They make do with being alone when seeking an area to lay their eggs by borrowing nests from other birds.

22. Sea Turtles

Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Scientific NameChelonioidea
Type of AnimalReptile
RangeCoral Triangle

They are sometimes referred to as “sea hermits” because they spend so much time alone.

Although sea turtles can live in groups, most of them prefer solitude and will avoid contact with other turtles unless it is mating season.

These animals get together in groups during mating and nesting seasons, but they are generally alone.

23. Skunks

Hog-Nosed Skunks
Scientific NameMephitidae
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeUnited States, Canada, South America, and Mexico

Skunks are solitary animals. They usually only come together to mate. Skunks often create their own dens and holes in the ground so they can sleep or give birth during the winter months.

24. Sloths

Scientific NameFolivora
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeCentral and South America

They spend most of their time alone, especially during mating season. When they’re not sleeping or eating, sloths are moving around so slowly that it’s almost hard to see.

As a result, there isn’t much need for them to interact with others on a regular basis.

25. Tasmanian Devils

Tasmanian Devil
Scientific NameSarcophilus harrisii
Type of AnimalMammal

Tasmanian devils are solitary animals. They spend most of their time alone to avoid conflicts with other Tasmanian Devils.

Although they start off as cute little furballs, when they become adults it is very stressful if too many live in one area together. This can cause fights which result in deaths and injuries due to the sharp teeth that these creatures have.

26. Tigers

siberian tiger
Scientific NamePanthera tigris
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeSouthwest Asia to the Indonesian island of Sumatra

They are loners. But, if they do come together it is for an important reason like hunting, mating, or protecting their territory from other tigers.

27. Wolves

american wolf
Scientific NameCanis lupus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeNorth America, Europe, Asia and North Africa

While most wolves live in packs, many lone wolves also exist. Lone wolves are wolves that are outcast from their packs. They spend their lives hunting alone.

But even wolves who live in packs aren’t as social as you would think. They live in packs of around six members, but the majority of their day is spent alone or with a mate and offspring.

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