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 […]

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 […]


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. […]