Mammals

      African Crested Porcupine

         Hystrix cristata
         Almost the entire body is covered with bristles which are
         either dark brown or black and rather coarse. This mammal is
         recognizable by the quills that run along the head, nape, and
         back that can be raised into a crest. These sturdier quills are
         used for defense and are usually marked with alternating light
         and dark bands.
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African LionAfrican Lion (Panthera leo)

Panthera leo
Lions are tawny brown with lean bodies. Males are distinguished by their mane. The mane is very light when the males are still young and darkens with age. Retractable claws stay sharp while walking and are extremely lethal when hunting and running.
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American Black BearAmerican Black Bear (Ursus americanus)

Ursus americanus
Fur is uniformly black in color except for a tan muzzle and sometimes light markings on the chest. They are smaller than grizzly bears and have smaller claws that are more tightly curved, and longer, smoother, and more tapered ears. Weight averages between 150-300 pounds.
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Barbary Sheep (Aoudad)Barbary Sheep (Ammotragus lervia)

Ammotragus lervia
They are generally uniform brown, and sometimes lighter almost beige. The horns which males and females possess are thick and have numerous fine rings although in older animals these may be worn down. Horns in males can be up to 33 inches in length.

 


Bengal TigerBengal Tiger (Panthera tigris)

Panthera tigris
Tigers are the largest cats in the world, and Bengal Tigers are second largest, weighing between 350 to 580 pounds. Their coat is reddish orange with black, white, and sometimes brown stripes which help them hide in the shadows of tall grasses while hunting.
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    Bison

      Bison bison
      Bison are the largest land mammal in the western
      hemisphere. These huge animals weigh up to 2,000 pounds.
      They have very thick fur to help protect them from the harsh
      winter in northern America. They use their skulls as a battering
      ram when fighting predators or for mates.
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black-footed ferretBlack-footed Ferret

Mustela nigripes
Although the black-footed ferret was once the most endangered mammal in North America, conservation efforts have brought this tiny, tenacious predator back from the brink of extinction.


         Black Handed Spider Monkey

             Ateles geoffroyi
             Spider monkeys get their name from the spider like appearance
             when they move through the trees. They use their prehensile tail
             as a 5th limb. Black handed spider monkeys are smaller in size only
             weighing 15-20 pounds.
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   Bobcat

     Lynx rufus
     The bobcat is a stout-bodied, medium-sized feline, with a short
     "bobbed" tail, a prominent face ruff and tufts of black hair on its
     pointed ears. The tail may have one to several indistinct dark bands
     and a tip that is black on top and whitish below.
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    Boer Goat

      Capra hircus
      Boer goats are a stocky breed of domesticated goats that
      originated in South Africa as herd goats. They are usually
      white in body and they have a reddish brown head. They can
      weigh up to 300 pounds and are known for having
      inquisitive personalities.
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Chinchilla*

Chinchilla lanigera
This squirrel sized rodent is best known for its soft fur. Chinchillas were hunted to near extinction in the wild for the production of chinchilla fur products. They have 4 toes on each of their feet. Their ears are big and round and are somewhat similar to a rabbit.


     Domestic Rabbit*

        Oryctolagus cuniculus
        When found in the wild, normal coloration is grayish with
        black and brown and sometimes red sprinkled throughout but
        their color can vary as much as a domestic cat. They can
        weigh anywhere from 2.2 lbs to 15.4 lbs.
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ElkElk (Cervus elaphus)

Cervus elaphus
Elk are large mammals that resemble moose and deer. A bull elk can have antlers that reach 4 feet over their head, making them a towering 9 feet tall. The cows do not have antlers and are generally slightly smaller than the bulls.
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Grey FoxGrey Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)

Urocyon cinereoargenteus
The grey fox is peppery gray on top, reddish-brown on its sides, chest and the back of its head. Its legs and feet are also a reddish color. It has a long bushy tail with a black stripe on top. The grey fox has pointed ears, a pointed muzzle and long hooked claws.
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     Miniature Donkey

        Equus asinus
        Miniature donkeys range in size from 26-36 inches at
        the withers. They are extremely intelligent, docile and
        easily trained. Donkeys have developed very
        loud vocalizations. The best-known is referred to as
        a "bray" and can be heard for over three miles.
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    Miniature Horse

      Equus caballus
      Miniature horses originated in Europe and were bred as pets
      for the children of nobility. They were also used in coal mines
      to pull ore cars. Developed from multiple sources, miniature
      horses were bred from many different pony breeds. 
      


MouflonMouflon (Ovis musimon)

Ovis musimon
Mouflon are medium-sized sheep with adult males averaging about 120 pounds. They have a coarse, heavy coat that hides a woolly under fur in the winter. They are usually red-brown with a dark back-stripe, light colored saddle patch and under parts.
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MustangMustang (Equus caballus)

Equus caballus
A mustang is a free-roaming feral horse of the North American west that first descended from horses brought to the Americas by the Spanish. Mustangs are often referred to as wild horses but the more correct term is feral.
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North American badgerNorth American Badger

Taxidea taxus
The North American badger is a stout, stocky member of the weasel family. With long, sharp claws for digging and a flat, compact body, badgers are well suited for burrow construction- they'll dig their own or use the burrows of other animals.
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     Opossum*

        Didelphis virginiana
        There are over 60 species of opossum with the Virginia opossum or
        common opossum being the one found in the United States. They are
        the only marsupial to live in the Unites States or Canada. They can grow
        to be about 2.5 ft long and weigh up to 13 pounds.


Pronghorn

Antilocapra americana
Slender, graceful, deer-like body. It has large, protruding eyes and a white or buff, 4-inch tail.  The upper body and outside of the legs are tan to brown. The cheeks, lower jaw, chest, belly, inner legs and rump are usually white. Their horns are hollow sheaths over a bony core.
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     Red Fox

        Vulpes vulpes
        Thick-coated mammals that average a length of 24-28 inches.
        This does not include the tail with an additional 14-17 inches.
        They weigh 8-12 pounds and can come in many different color
                                                     phases.
                 
                                            


     Red Kangaroo

        Macropus rufus
        Red Kangaroos are the largest marsupial. They can tower over
        6 feet tall and weigh up to 200 pounds. The females have pouches
        that they carry their young in, or joeys. Their hind legs cannot move
        independently, so they use their front feet for stability.
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      Ring-tailed Lemur

         Lemur catta
         Ring-tailed Lemurs are appropriately named for their
         ringed tails. They are primitive primates that are small
         in size, only about two and a half feet in length. Like a lot
         of primates they have opposable thumbs and use these to
         grab things. 

 

 


   Serval

     Leptailurus serval
     One of seven small species of African wildcats. The serval
     generally weighs between 30-40 pounds and reaches 22
     inches in height. Their spotted coat resembles the larger cheetah
     and aids in camouflage. The serval's long legs and neck aid it in
     seeking prey in tall grasslands.
     

 


Striped SkunkStriped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis)

Mephitis mephitis
Striped Skunks are small mammals in the weasel family. They are about the size of a house cat and have long fur. They have long dull claws that are used for digging and turning over logs for food, and sharp teeth to help them eat the meat they catch.
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Texas LonghornTexas Longhorn (Bos taurus)

Bos taurus
The Texas longhorn is a breed of cattle known for its characteristic horns which can extend to 120 inches tip to tip for steers and exceptional cows and bulls in the 70 to 80 inch tip to tip range. They originate from Spain.
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