What is one of Africa’s rarest carnivores?

What is one of Africa’s rarest carnivores?

These wolves have long legs and a slender build with reddish fur on their bodies and white fur on their bellies. They used to be considered related to jackals, but thanks to DNA sequencing, scientists have discovered that they’re actually related to the gray wolf. It seems that their ancestor made their way into northern Africa through Eurasia over 100,000 years ago.

Misunderstood Mesos: Fishers

Misunderstood Mesos: Fishers

The fisher is one of the most reclusive and therefore misunderstood mammals in North America.  Sometimes known as a fisher cat, this large weasel is neither a cat nor does it eat fish, hence both titles are misnomers.  The name is believed to have originated by European settlers who called the animal “fitch,” a common name for the European polecat. 

Misunderstood Mesos: The Striped Skunk

Misunderstood Mesos: The Striped Skunk

It is built for a life foraging at the ground surface, with short, powerful legs and a stocky body.  The head and body measure 13-18 inches, with the notorious tail adding another 7-10 inches.  It’s weight varies greatly with average adults between 5-10 pounds, but some as heavy as fourteen pounds!

It is the Striped Skunk aka a Misunderstood Mesos.

Let’s Talk About Seals!

Let’s Talk About Seals!

Seals are carnivores that are in the Pinnipedia group – the word pinniped translates from Latin to mean “fin-footed”.1 This Pinnipedia group is divided into three groups:1&2 Odobenidae, which is made up of walruses Otariidae, which consists of fur seals and sea...

What’s the Largest Cat Within the U.S.?

What’s the Largest Cat Within the U.S.?

This carnivore is one of the largest cats in the world. They come in third place, right behind the tiger and lion. Within the United States, they take first place as the largest cat. Originally, their territory took up from the southern region of the United States down to the northern part of Argentina. However, they’ve lost more than half of their original territory since the late 19th century. Now they can be found mostly in Brazil, within the Amazon rainforest and the Pantanal.

Meet the jaguar.