Other Mammals

Mammals are perhaps the most recognized type of wild animals on the planet. Check out our articles on well-known mammals like elephants, giraffes and panda bears, as well as some you might not know like pikas and tapirs.

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Think you can handle cheetah vs. leopard identification? Despite the similar coats, these big cats are built for very different habitats and hunting priorities.

By Clarissa Mitton

Bunny vs. rabbit vs. hare: Do you know how to tell these animals apart? Do you know which ones are the same? We give the full rundown.

By Marie Look

Learn how to identify coyote vs. wolf tracks, where you can expect to find the species and how their behaviors differ.

By Marie Look

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The world's largest wolves weigh up to 175 pounds (79.4 kilograms) and measure up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) in length.

By Desiree Bowie

The pink fairy armadillo looks like something out of a children's book and is so rare that very few people have ever seen one.

By Carrie Tatro

You don't want an animal living in your house that's smarter than a raccoon and never rests.

By Jesslyn Shields

An orangutan who could unscrew bolts to bust out? A gorilla who climbed the vines out of her enclosure to just roam the zoo? These are wild animals, and these are their wild escape stories.

By Allison Troutner

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Pine martens are elusive and love to stay hidden in deep forests, but with strong claws, they are great climbers and hunters.

By Katie Carman

Pallas's cats appear cantankerous, in part due to their flat faces and large, owl-like eyes with round pupils.

By Katie Carman

Badgers love to dig — one den, or "sett," in southern England is thought to cover a territory of over a square mile and have up to 100 entrances.

By Jesslyn Shields

Caracals have really cool ears and can also jump 10 feet in the air from a seated position.

By Jesslyn Shields

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From the four-headed male reproductive organ to hosting the world's largest flea and sporting a body covered in spiny hairs, this cute little creature takes the cake for mammalian weirdness.

By Wendy Bowman

Pikas are little mammals that, though they may look like rodents, are more closely related to rabbits.

By Jesslyn Shields

The stoat and the weasel might look alike, but they're not the same animal. The stoat is a serious predator that kills its prey like a vampire!

By Wendy Bowman

Technically they're called tanuki, but these furry critters might as well be called raccoon dogs because that's what they look like. So are they just as domesticated and loving as the canines we know?

By Patty Rasmussen

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The anteater has one of the strangest-looking noses in the animal kingdom, a truly fabulous hairdo and a tongue that reaches places never meant to see the light of day.

By Wendy Bowman

Wondering what's going on in the animal world while you're all cooped up under quarantine? Check out these webcams and get a virtual glimpse into how the animals live.

By Carrie Dennis

It may be the world's smallest fox, but its ears give it a huge hearing advantage.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

The female emu may lay the eggs, but the male emu does all the caretaking. And that's just one fascinating thing we learned.

By Patty Rasmussen

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They're the cutest and most curious masked mammals around. But they also have a reputation for being a nuisance. Here's everything you need to know about the raccoon.

By Meg Sparwath

Move over Dracula. These fish, birds and bats really are the vampires of the animal world — and they do need to eat (or suck) blood to sustain life.

By Mark Mancini

The wars between mink species and humans quietly rage worldwide.

By Jesslyn Shields

These berserker weasels are the ultimate cold weather survivors — cagey, smart and omnivorous.

By Jesslyn Shields

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Kinkajous, or honey bears, are generally docile creatures, but they definitely don't mix well with humans.

By Jesslyn Shields

Fisher cats aren't actually cats, but cat-sized members of the weasel family, and their favorite snack is — yikes — the porcupine.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky