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 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