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 […]

Bengal Tiger

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 […]

pacarana

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 […]