There are an estimated 7.77 million animal species on the planet -- and as of 2011, we'd discovered less than 12 percent of them. That's not to say biologists aren't keeping watchful eyes out for new animals -- here are 15 new animals discovered in the last year:
1. The High-Climbing Pallas' Cat
While researchers were looking to study snow leopards high in the Himalayas, they came across a domestic-sized wildcat. The cat has no local name, but the researchers believe it is a Pallas' cat, related to other small felines found in Central Asia.
The Blotched Boulder Frogs' habitat consists of a field of rocks in Cape Melville, Australia. It lives in the cool, wet depths of the boulders when the seasons are dry and "emerges on the surface rocks to feed and breed in the rain," according to the press release for the discovery expedition.
Unlike most mantises, these flat, broad bugs don't passively lie in wait for prey -- like insectoid wolves, these bark mantises chase down smaller animals. The discovery encompasses 19 new species of closely-related praying mantises, including Liturgusa algorei, named after environmentalist and former vice president Al Gore.