African Palm Civet

African Palm Civet: I am alone but not lonely.

March 22, 2017 mammal 0

The African Palm Civet is not of the civets but has it’s own family Nandiniidae. It is closely related to Civets but the evolutionary divergence occurred between them even before the Civets(Viverridae) and the Cats(Felidae) diverged from each other 45 million years ago. In technical-ese, they are different because the […]

Pronghorn

Pronghorns: Fastest hooves in the west!

March 21, 2017 mammal 0

The pronghorn is built for speed. It’s got light bones, shock-absorbing hooves with cushioned toes, a large heart, windpipe and lungs. It would even theoretically outrun the Cheetah for longer distance chases. It got this way because only a few thousand years ago, there was a Cheetah in the American west […]

Coypus

Coypu: An illegal alien through no fault of it’s own

March 20, 2017 mammal 0

Sometimes human beings playing God wreak more havoc than they can imagine. Such is the case with this beaver like creature with a small tail and bright orange-yellow teeth. Originally discovered in 1792 in South America, this is the only creature in the family Myocastoridae. An individual consumes about 25% of […]

Numbat: The Dimunitive Carnivore

March 19, 2017 mammal 0

This little creature, also called walputi or banded anteater, is the only surviving member of the Family  Myrmecobiidae. This is one of the four families that make up the order Dasyuromorphia, the Australian marsupial carnivores. It is an endangered species and is protected in Australia. As you can see in the picture, this […]

Togo Mouse

The elusive Togo Mouse

March 18, 2017 mammal 2

In 1890,during the colonization of the Togo, there was found a new species of mouse. It was named the Leimacomyis buettneri or more often called the Togo Mouse. The species was rare even then as only two individuals were part of the sample. However, these were put into a new […]

wood mouse

Word Search for Muridae – Rats and Mice

March 15, 2017 mammal 0

The family Muridae, within the Order Rodentia, is very common around the world. In fact, this is the staple food for many a mammal, reptiles and birds. This family consists of over 700 species and is found all over the world apart from Antarctica. They are all supremely adapted to […]

What do you know about Monkeys?

March 14, 2017 mammal 0

Among the primates that remind us of ourselves, monkeys come close. There are over 400 species and are found all over the world. Can you find some very interesting ones that all wildlife channels focus on? Monkey Crossword Puzzle Game » ProProfs Crossword

Antarctica Station Map

Endangered Mammals of Antarctica

March 9, 2017 mammal 0

Antarctica, a Greek word meaning the opposite of the Arctic, is the fifth largest continent but relatively isolated because of rough seas and even rougher weather. It is also the largest desert in the world with rain/snow less than 200 mm per year. About 98% of the continent is covered with […]

Dobby

Giraffe: The case of Long Necks

March 6, 2017 mammal 1

The Giraffe is the tallest animal on land. An adult male can stand up to 17 ft. tall. The medieval Europeans believed the giraffe was a cross between a leopard and a camel, which is reflected in its scientific name, Giraffa camelopardalis.  There are four distinct species : Reticulated Giraffe (Giraffa […]

mammal teeth

Why are mammals so successful? It’s the teeth!

March 5, 2017 mammal 0

The great Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric Cuvier also referred to as the father of paleontology once boasted that “..from a single bone, or even a portion of a bone, the anatomist can reconstruct an entire animal..” There is some truth to this assertion despite the note of bombast attached to it. It […]