Belugas: Such cute White whales

June 24, 2017 mammal 0

The Beluga whales(Delphinapterus leucas), literally translated as “the dolphin without a fin that is white”, are one of the two species of the family Monodontidae; the other being another oddity called the Narwhal. Their family is most closely related to dolphins among whales and perhaps arose 30 -to 40 million years […]

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50 tiger reserves of India on one map

June 12, 2017 mammal 0

There are quite a few reserves in India where one see Tigers. These fifty reserves that have been created as part of Project Tiger are listed on this map with suggestions for travellers. There is also information here that a traveller will need, for example places to stay and best time […]

Can you find the 10 meat-eaters here?

June 8, 2017 mammal 0

  Carnivores are those mammals that eat meat. They have very sharp canine teeth and are very strong for their size. A tiger can carry a full-grown buffalo on its back over a 500 hundred yards at a dead run. A lion can attack a Giraffe or a full grown elephant […]

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Pacarana: the terrible mouse that isn’t

June 6, 2017 mammal 0

The Pacarana, means “False Paca” among the Tupi people of the Amazon. The animal is the third largest rodent ( only capybaras and beavers are larger) and said to resemble a very large guinea pig. The scientific name, Dinomys branickii, means “terrible mouse” but this is someone’s pipe dream because this […]

Honey Possum

The Honey Possum: the nectar eater

June 5, 2017 mammal 0

This little marsupial no more than 6 cm in length, Tarsipes rostratus, is a remnant of a very old family with no real connection to possums or any other living marsupials today. It is also called tait or noolbenger in it’s native Western Australia. It is the only living member of its […]

Pen-tailed treeshrew : A drunkard who can handle alcohol.

May 31, 2017 mammal 0

The Pen-tailed Tree shrews(Ptilocercus lowii) are the only members of their family. They are also misnamed. They are of the order Scandentia (meaning the climbing ones) and are evolutionarily closer to Colugos than to true shrews. They are slender creatures with a pronounced nose and a long tail with a feather-like plume […]

Book Review: Chasing Kangaroos by Tim Flannery

May 29, 2017 mammal 0

Review: Chasing Kangaroos – A Continent, a Scientist, and a Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Creature by Tim Flannery Publisher: Grove Press, 2004, 292 pages, Hardcover There are few people in the world who do not look at the Kangaroo and marvel at this improbable creature. There are also […]

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Red Pandas: cute little sorta bears

May 24, 2017 mammal 0

Red Pandas belong to a unique family called Ailuridae and are not closely related to the Giant Pandas of China. Although this point was hotly debated in scientific circles well into the 20th century. Apart from the similar cuteness factor, they have an opposable thumb (which is really a lengthened wrist bone in […]

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Sardinian Pika : Gone extinct

May 17, 2017 mammal 0

The Sardinian Pika (Prolagus sardus), used to live on the islands of Sardinia and Corsica. It was bigger than a rabbit and slightly smaller than a Pika. This genus evolved on these islands and like other such species was not very numerous to begin with. However, with the coming of […]

Kitti’s hog-nosed bat: tiny but fiesty!

May 6, 2017 mammal 0

Kitti’s Hog-nosed bat (Craseonycteris thonglongyai), named in the honor of one of the zoologists who discovered it in the 1970’s, is a very small animal indeed. In fact, it is the smallest bat and the smallest mammal known to us. It also the only remaining species in it’s family of Craseonycteridae. […]