The Giant Otter

Perfectly adapted to an amphibious lifestyle, the giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) is the longest member of the Mustelidae (weasel) family, reaching nearly 6 feet from head to tail. Once widespread across South America, the giant otter's distribution is becoming increasingly fragmented and they are therefore endangered. Found around freshwater rivers and streams, like the Amazon … Continue reading The Giant Otter

The Patagonian Mara

The Patagonian mara (Dolichotis patagonum) is an unusual, long-legged rodent with highly unique social behaviours. Also known as the Patagonian cavy, this rabbit-like mammal roams across open habitats in Argentina, including large areas of Patagonia. Their rear legs are long and powerful - an adaption allowing them to hop and sprint away from predators. Patagonian … Continue reading The Patagonian Mara

The Fossa

Contrary to the 2005 film, Madagascar, fossas (Cryptoprocta ferox) are not ravenous pack hunters. However, they are widely feared by lemurs, the fossa's main prey. A relative of the mongoose, the fossa is an unusual and elusive predator. The Malagasy carnivores (carnivores endemic to Madagascar) are thought to have evolved from one ancestor that rafted … Continue reading The Fossa

The Malayan Tapir

The largest species of tapir, and the most uniquely-coloured, the Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus) is an endangered odd-toed ungulate found in Southeast Asia. Tapirs are unusual creatures. Superficially appearing like pigs, tapirs actually belong to an ancient lineage including rhinos and horses. The Malayan tapir's striking, two-toned coloration allows this large mammal to camouflage within … Continue reading The Malayan Tapir