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 […]

Red Panda

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. […]

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South Asian river Dolphin: The Blind and Beautiful!

April 30, 2017 mammal 0

The South Asian River dolphin (Platanista gangetica) also locally called susu, is a freshwater or river dolphin found in the Indian subcontinent. One subspecies is found in the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers while the other is found in the Indus river. The lovely creature diverged from toothed whales, particularly ancestors […]

Musky Rat Kangaroo

Musky Rat Kangaroo : A hopping seed dispenser

April 28, 2017 mammal 0

The Musky Rat Kangaroo (Hypsiprymnodon moschatus), meaning  “musky high hindmost teeth” in latin is a primitive marsupial and the last living member of its family. If you are in the north coastal rainforests of Australia and you get a strong whiff of piss, this little possum resembling creature is probably close […]

Koala

The Koala : Cute , Cuddly and smelling eucalyptusy

April 22, 2017 mammal 0

The creature was originally called gula by the australian natives but the penchant of Europeans to add oo’s and aa’s, deformed it into koala. The animal resembles a cute little bear and is sometimes mistakenly called a koala bear, although it has no relation to the bear family. The genus name, Phascolarctos, […]

Aye-Aye

aye-aye: A very creepy lemur

April 20, 2017 mammal 1

The Aye-Aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis), is a lemur that lives in Madagascar like others of it’s ilk. What makes this animal amazing are it’s adaptations related to diet and environment. This animal was first considered a rodent because of its ever-growing incisors. Then, it was thought to be like a squirrel […]

Dassie Rat

The Dassie Rat – a rodent that chews the cud

April 17, 2017 mammal 0

The Dassie Rat (Petromus typicus) is the only surviving member of it’s family. Dassie is the Afrikaans term for hyrax and as they live among the same rocks, the name stuck to this rodent too. They are related to cane rats and are unique among rodents in that they regurgitate their food and […]

Mountain Beaver

Mountain Beaver – A volcano eater!

April 15, 2017 mammal 0

The mountain beaver (Aplodontia rufa) is a North American rodent. It is not related to beavers but is so named because it does chew bark and leaves from trees and ferns like beavers do. I suspect it also has to do with the pelt. When furs were “the thing”, there […]