The Reindeer

To celebrate the festive season, today I am going to write about an animal that symbolises Christmas - the reindeer (Rangifer tarandus). Also known as Caribou in North America, the reindeer has a circumpolar distribution, meaning it is found across North America, Siberia and Northern Europe. Their habitats include Arctic tundra and boreal forest. The … Continue reading The Reindeer

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