moon bear

The moon bear likes the air up there

September 20, 2017 mammal 0

The Asian Black Bear, ursus tibethanus (the bear of tibet), is found all over the Himalayas as well as the forest and upper reaches of all the land masses that constitute East and South-East Asia. This species is most closely related to the American black Bears, diverging about 3 million […]

Sloths: Being one is no sin whatever you may think

July 23, 2017 mammal 0

Of all the anthropomorphic garbage that gets hurled at innocent species, perhaps the sloths are most sinned against. There are two families Megalonychidae (“two-toed” sloths) and Bradypodidae (three-toed sloths).  All actually have three toes but the former have only two visible fingers. This group belongs to the superorder Xenarthra, a group of mammals that evolved in South […]

Springhares: The kangaroo hop-alike

July 19, 2017 mammal 0

The springhare are two remaining species of the family Pedetidae(meaning long foot). This family probably evolved in the Pliocene, around five million years ago. They are most closely related to the Laotian Rock Rats and are not hares but rodents. The two species exist almost entirely in the scrubs and […]

Beavers: Dam builders extraordinaire

July 18, 2017 mammal 0

The beavers or castor canadensis ( North American) and castor fiber (Eurasian) are the two species left of the family castoridae (from the anal secretion called castoreus). They probably evolved in the Miocene epoch(23 million years ago). Their nearest relatives are Dassie Rats and not muskrats as previously thought. The word beaver […]

Paca

Pacas: nothing is a hard nut to crack

July 14, 2017 mammal 0

A paca is a member of the genus Cuniculus ( it means of the water) of ground-dwelling, herbivorous rodents in South and Central America. It is the only genus in the family Cuniculidae and has two species, the lowland Paca ( very imaginatively, this means “animal”) and the mountain Paca. […]

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 […]