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Nabisco's Exotic Animals Collector Cards

In the tea card collecting community in Canada and the US, this set of Nabisco cards shows up mixed in with Red Rose tea cards. On the Canadian scale, this is a fairly common set. It was issued in Canada around 1965. The set is called Exotic Animals. This fairly common set is represented by 24 cards issued in boxes of Shredded Wheat. Each card features an artistically drawn color image of a seldom seen creature in the wild. These are special critters you don't see very often. The backs of the cards identify the creature on the front and what makes it exotic. Descriptions are written in both French and English.

I have not seen a box nor heard of how many came in each box. Maybe there was one-in-a-box or maybe more.

I've never seen an album for the cards or a wall chart nor as I said, not a box.

The overall print runs were smaller, just because of the lower population in Canada. The majority of all Canadian non sports cards are harder to come by.

What do the cards look like?

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Here is a card that represent the 24 card set. They are approximatly 1 7/16" x 2 3/4" per card. A nice graphic depicting a critter you may have never seen before and on the other side, text describing the incredible facts about this exotic creature in both English and French. There is also a Latin description on the card. Yes, Nabisco, we'd like to collect them all!  ;-)

Do you have a list of the different cards?

Sure, that can be done. Feel free to click the top and sort the list any way you want. If you see a link then there is a picture to view.

Exotic Animals - Cards Issued

Card Number Card Description Latin Name
1 Aardvark  ????
2 Apteryx   Apteryx australis
3 Aye Aye  ????
4 Helmeted basilisk   Basilicus americanus
5 North African Bubal  ????
6 Chlamyphorus  ????
7 Spotted Cuscus  ????
8 Dodo  ????
9 Emu   Dromiceius novaehollandiæ
10 Gnu  ????
11 Guanaco  ????
12 Manatee  ????
13 Mudpuppy  ????
14 Narwhal  ????
15 Okapi   Okapia johnstoni
16 Pangolin  ????
17 Platypus   Ornithorhynchus anatinus
18 Indian Tapir   Tapirus indicus
19 Tarsier   ????
20 Thylacine  ????
21 Vicuna   ????
22 Rock wallaby   Petrogale xanthopus
23 Wombat   ????
24 Yak   Bos grunniens

What else do we know about the series?

It's Canadian, it's Nabisco, it's 24 cards, it's fun to collect... What we haven't seen is an album or a wall chart or a cereal box.

I known there is at least one sized box. And I bet there are some nice magazine ads about the cards. If you ever run across a box or an ad showing Exotic Animals, please let me know and we'll put the pics up on this page.

This is a great set to collect. You can get the 24 cards and call yourself lucky.

Last modified: May 10, 2021

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