Greater Bulldog Bat: The expert fisherman of it’s kind

November 4, 2018 mammal 0

About one is every five mammal species, is a bat! So it is no wonder, that this strange species with a face only a mother can love, and incredible fishing skills, does exist. Doesn’t it look very much like a bull dog with it’s rather pronounced cheek folds? The entire […]

Asiatic Linsang

Asiatic Linsang: A close cousin of the Civet

March 14, 2018 mammal 0

Linsangs is an originally Javanese name applied to two species of tree-dwelling carnivorous mammals within the family Prionodontidae.  The Asiatic linsangs were thought to be more closely related to weasels and stoats, or the family Viverridae but DNA analysis confirms that they bear close resemblance to cats, family Felidae. The […]

Dugong

Dugong: The sleek and utterly charming lady of the sea

February 15, 2018 mammal 0

Some animals defy description. Certain others make you doubt the architecture of evolutionary processes. That is, until you realize there is none. The name Dugong(Dugong dugon) is derived from the the malay word duyung meaning “lady of the sea“.  They are the only strictly herbivorous marine mammal with a rather vast […]

Short-Tailed Bats

New Zealand’s Short-Tailed Bats: They like being grounded!

February 14, 2018 mammal 0

New Zealand is a strange land with some very unusual creatures that occupy ecological spaces occupied by mammals in other places. Kiwis take up the space of ground-dwelling insect-eating mammals. The large parrot Kakapos takes the place of foraging mammals looking for seed and leaves. And these bats, rather than […]

The Dainty Oriental Dormice

February 10, 2018 mammal 0

This dainty creature looks very much like any mouse that you may have seen. However there is a twist in this evolutionary plot as well. The name of the genus is derived from the flattened (platy-) spines (Greek acantha), while mus refers to a mouse. They resemble dormice and were attached to that […]

bilby

The diminutive long-nosed Bilby

February 6, 2018 mammal 0

The Greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis), usually just called a bilby since the lesser bilby (Macrotis leucura) became extinct in the 1950s. This  is a species of the order Peramelemorphia that is nocturnal and bears a close resemblance to bandicoots. The term bilby is a loan word from the Yuwaalaraay Aboriginal language of northern New South Wales, meaning long-nosed rat.  The bilby looks like a cross […]

feathertail glider

Feathertail Glider: The only mammal with feathers

February 4, 2018 mammal 0

The name is Acrobates pygmaeus. It mean a pygmy acrobat, and they really are incredible acrobats in tall trees. There are three amazing facts about this animals. It’s got a feathery tail. The hair on the tail grow on the side so that they give an appearance of a bird’s feather. This […]

The Saiga Antelope Die-offs

January 24, 2018 mammal 0

Quite mysteriously, the Saiga Antelopes (saiga tatarica) started dying in huge numbers since the 1980’s. The most recent die-offs in 2015, numbering upward of 200,000 animals, had everyone in a tizzy. The whole population in various areas of Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia is not more than 250,000 so we were […]

Bobcat or lynx

January 10, 2018 mammal 0

A slinking bobcat in the snow is the picture one gets when watching Planet Earth. The visuals are beautiful and show that these animals are superb survivors in their various habitats. If you look at the lovely map below, that is literally half the globe. The servals are not closely […]

The Musk Deer: A tragic perfumed tale

December 12, 2017 mammal 2

The Musk Deer has a problem. They have been hunted for the gland in the anal cavity for perfume and medicine since time immemorial. You could say that they have the opposite problem that a skunk has. The musk gland has a very strong scent and is used as a […]