Category: Mammals

  • Echidna

    Echidnas—also known as spiny anteaters—are fascinating and unusual creatures that live in Australia and the island of New Guinea. While they are mammals, they reproduce by laying eggs and have a marsupial-like pouch. They belong to the monotreme order, and the only other monotreme is the platypus—another unusual animal. There…

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  • Yellow mongoose

    The Yellow mongoose, also known as the Red meerkat is a species of small mammal native to south African countries including, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Its name comes from the color of its coat, which can, in fact, vary among subspecies from yellow to gray.…

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  • Common wombat

    The common wombat is a species of large mammals endemic to Australia. There are three extant members of the wombat family the common wombat, the southern hair-nosed wombat and the northern hairy-nosed wombat. Also known as the coarse-haired wombat, the common wombat is the largest burrowing mammal and the second…

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  • Aye-aye

    The Aye-aye is a species of of lemur found only in Madagascar. These rare animals may not look like primates at first glance, but they are related to chimpanzees, apes, and humans. Aye-ayes are dark brown or black and are distinguished by a bushy tail that is larger than their…

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  • Capybara

    The capybara is a large species of rodent locate in central and south america. They have short but sturdy limbs and hoof-like claws on their toes which along with the webbing, helps the capybara both when negotiating the slippery banks and with swimming and also prevents the capybara from sinking…

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  • Fossa

    The Fossa is a large species of mammal endemic to Madagascar. The Fossa belongs to the Malagasy Carnivores group which are thought to have descended from Mongoose-like ancestors that arrived on Madagascar from Africa up to 24 million years ago. The Fossa is the most ancient of the eight species found on the island. However, due…

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  • Three-toed sloth

    The Three-toed sloth is a family of four species of sloths that have 3 toes.  The four living species of three-toed sloths are the brown-throated sloth, the maned sloth, the pale-throated sloth, and the pygmy three-toed sloth. Sloths are identified by the number of long, prominent claws that they have on each front foot.…

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  • Mole

    The Mole is a family of small burrowing mammals found in almost every continent (besides Australia and south America). There are around 20 different species of mole found in their natural, earthy environments. Some species of mole are also aquatic or at least semi-aquatic which means that these mole species spend at least some of their…

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  • Naked mole rat

    The naked mole rat, also known as the sand puppy is a burrowing rodent native to parts of east Africa. They are one of only two species of mammals that live eusocially. They live in communities like those of many insects. Several dozen rats live together in colonies led by…

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  • Siberian Tiger

    The Siberian tiger is a subspecies of tiger that lives mainly in eastern Siberia, a cold region in Russia, as well as small areas in China and North Korea. Siberian tigers are also called Amur tigers—named for the Amur river that flows through their native habitat. They are known as…

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