The Musk Deer: A tragic perfumed tale

December 12, 2017 mammal 0

The Musk Deer has a problem. They have been hunted for the gland in the anal cavity for perfume and medicine since time immemorial. You could say that they have the opposite problem that a skunk has. The musk gland has a very strong scent and is used as a […]

The Desert Elephants of Mali

November 14, 2017 mammal 0

Imagine being the largest land mammal and then being forced to make a living in a most unforgiving terrain: The Sahara Desert. That is what a subspecies of the African Elephant ( Loxodonta Africana) has to deal with all it’s life. These animals have adapted themselves to this harsh and […]

Other mammals that use tools

November 7, 2017 mammal 0

We tend to think that only humans use tools. However, that is just a way to make ourselves feel better than the rest of the animal world. Even in our own class of mammals, there are quite a few that use tools to get food. Let look at a few […]

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 […]