Animals are still probably the most popular thing to fold out of paper. In this post we’re going to take a look at a pretty diverse collection of different animals from all over the world.

First up is this incredible warthog folded from a single sheet of 50cm x 50cm yellow washi paper.

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Warthog, Designed by Lionel Albertino and Folded by TERRY Nicolas

Free diagrams available from


Here’s a beautiful looking wet-folded paper horse.

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Horse, Designed by Roman Diaz and Folded by DebugMode

Diagrams available in Origami Essence


Here’s one of the best bull designs I’ve ever seen.

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Bull, Designed by Richard Ojeda Soto and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Drawing Origami Tome 1


This next one is a much simpler design but it may just be the cutest little origami pig I’ve seen. It’s folded from a simple fish base.

Small Pig
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Small Pig, Designed and Folded by Rainer Berg

Diagrams available from Rainer Berg’s Facebook page


Nguyen Hung Cuong’s gorilla design is definitely the best gorilla out there, especially with all that detail in the face.

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Gorilla, Designed by NGUYỄN Hùng Cường and Folded by Philippe Landrein

Crease pattren available from NGUYỄN Hùng Cường’s Flickr


Here’s one of the best bison designs out there. This one crazily enough is folded from a thin sheet of copper, not paper!

Copper Bison
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Bison, Designed and Folded by József Zsebe

Diagrams available in Paper Conceptions


Here’s an adorable little racoon family.

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Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available


This is one of my all time favourite fox designs. The model can be found in the book Origami Omnibus but the instructions are very limited. So limited that I haven’t managed to figure out how to fold it yet. One day…

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Fox, Designed by Kunihiko Kasahara and Folded by Gonzalo

Very limited instructions available in Origami Omnibus


This hippo design isn’t super complex but it’s definitely expressive with a lot of character.

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Hippo, Designed and Folded by Fabian Correa

Instructions not available


This bear holding a paper crane is one of the most interesting origami designs I’ve seen. It’s such a simple idea but the result is fantastic.

Erkner Bear
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Erkner Bear, Designed by Sebastien Limet and Folded by Stefan

Crease pattern available from Sebastien Limet’s Flickr


Here’s a pretty adorable looking chipmunk. It’s folded from two squares of paper and the colour changes in the design really look great. I’m not entirely sure what “butter cake” is but I definitely like the sound of that.

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Chipmunk, Designed by Kyohei Katsuta and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Instructions not available


Beth Johnson’s sheep design is awesome. It uses one sheet of paper for the body and then another sheet folded into a tessellation pattern for the wool.

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Sheep, Designed by Beth Johnson and Folded by Natalia Romanenko

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #148


Sebastien Limet certainly has his own style and this deer he designed is completely unlike any other origami deer out there.

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Deer, Designed and Folded by Sebastien Limet

Instructions not available


Here’s an awesome monkey out in the wild. The banana is a really nice touch.

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Monkey, Designed by Lionel Albertino and Folded by Folded Wilderness

Diagrams available in Safari Origami


Here’s another absolutely fantastic looking paper horse. Technically it’s a pony.

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Pony, Designed by Kawahata Fumiaki and Folded by Jack Dreyil

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #142


Here are a couple more excellent pigs.

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Pigs, Designed and Folded by Gen Hagiwara

Crease pattern available from Gen Hagiwara’s Flickr


And of course with a giraffe pun in the title of this post we had to include at least one origami giraffe.

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Giraffe, Designed and Folded by Fabian Correa

Instructions not available


Here’s an adorable fox mother and cub. Two more absolutely fantastic fox designs.

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Mother and Cub, Designed by Hoang Tien Quyet and Folded by Philippe Landrein

Cub Diagrams available in the 15th Tanteidan Convention Book, Mother Diagrams not available


This is a really great coyote design. The colour change on the eye is very nice.

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Coyote, Designed by Richard Ojeda Soto and Folded by Luc MARNAT

Diagrams available in Drawing Origami Tome 1


Here’s a really fantastic looking giant anteater. Not a very common animal to fold out of paper.

Giant Anteater
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Giant Anteater, Designed and Folded by Quentin Trollip

Instructions not available


These are some really great origami rhinos folded using Rhino Hide Paper of course.

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Bogota Rhino, Designed and Folded by TERRY Nicolas

Instructions not available


Next we have probably the cutest little baby paper elephant I’ve ever seen!

Baby Elephant
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Elephant, Designed by Enrique Martinez and Folded by Mir Numan

Crease pattern available from Enrique Martinez’s Flickr


Seth Friedman’s Finnish Lapphund is definitely one of the best dog designs out there.

Finnish Lapphund
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Finnish Lapphund, Designed by Seth Friedman and Folded by Jack Dreyil

Video instructions available from Seth Friedman’s YouTube channel


Our final model is this fantastic looking Bactrian Camel.

Bactrian Camel
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Bactrian Camel, Designed by Fumiaki Kawahata and Folded by Alexander Krupnikov

Diagrams available in the BOS Convention 2013 Autumn book


That’s it for this post. Let us know which one of these was your favourite in the comments!

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