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These Are Some of the Most Influential Animals in the World

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Are You Familiar With These Important Animals?

In recent days, you may have seen the news about Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2016 list.

Since 1999, the TIME 100 has been a much-anticipated list celebrating the names, faces, and deeds of the people that make our world go round. One of the most special things about the annual list is that each individual’s mini-biography is written by another celebrated name or personality from across the fields of ‘titans,’ ‘pioneers,’ ‘artists,’ ‘leaders,’ and ‘icons.’

While many of the individuals honored on the TIME 100 are names you probably hear every day, a good amount of them are not over-saturated, and in fact, these are the people you should be learning more about. Their accomplishments are among the most important for our culture and the world as a whole.

But there’s another equally important list out this week, and if global entrepreneurs aren’t quite your cup of tea, this list might be more up your alley.

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Do you know these most important animals in the world?

TIME‘s 100 Most Important Animals 2016

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Ranging from the fictional to the most relevant and real, Time columnist Joel Stein compiled an informative, lighthearted, and yet eye-opening list celebrating the names and species that have most impacted us over the past year.

From the black and white llamas that spawned a police chase across Arizona, to America’s First Dogs Bo and Sunny, to Miley Cyrus’s pet pig Bubba Sue, these animals affect us not only zoologically but culturally and emotionally as well. With fictional honorees like Mickey Mouse or Nick Wilde from Zootopia alongside real-life animals like the bird that so pleasantly landed on the podium at a Bernie Sanders rally, here are a few highlights from the animals that have most shaped our world recently.

7. Zika Mosquitoes

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First isolated in the 1940s, the Zika virus had, for the most part, previously remained in only a small area of the globe until the recent outbreak in the Americas, with thousands of cases reported between fall 2015 and spring 2016. Now, the mosquitoes that carry the virus find themselves at the forefront of study, fear, and containment.

As the WHO warned, “The mosquito knows no border.”

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