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Fennec Fox

Vulpes zerda

The smallest fox, the fennec fox has the largest ears relative to body size of any canid, reaching lengths of up to six inches.

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Giant Fruit Bat (Indian Flying Fox)

Pteropus giganteus

The giant fruit bat roosts in large colonies, up to 1,000 individuals, during the day.

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Fishing Cat

Prionailurus viverrinus

As its name implies, the favored prey of the fishing cat is fish.

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Pallas' cat (Photo: Lisa Hubbard)

Pallas’s Cat

Octocolobus manul

Its pale grey coat affords the Pallas's cat cover, blending in with the surrounding rocks.

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Large-spotted Genet

Genetta tigrina

Excellent binocular vision enables the genet to accurately judge distances, an important skill for leaping and pouncing.

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clouded leopard crouching

Clouded leopard

Neofelis nebulosa

A powerful and robust build, short legs, large feet, and a long tail allow the clouded leopard to expertly navigate the forest canopy.

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Vampire Bat

Desmodus rotundus

Vampire bats rarely attack humans, preferring to feed on livestock and wild mammals such as tapirs and deer.

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Black-Footed Cat

Felis nigripes

One of the smallest wild cats, the black-footed cat rests during the day among the bushes or in a burrow abandoned by an aardvark or porcupine.

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Bearcat (Binturong)

Arctitis binturong

Also known as the binturong, the bearcat is agile like a cat in the canopy and less adept on ground, walking flat-footed like a bear.

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Bat-eared Fox

Otocyon megalotis

Emerging at dusk from an underground den, the bat-eared fox prowls for prey.

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Aardwolf standing in habitat


Proteles cristatus

A solitary and nocturnal member of the hyena family, the aardwolf specializes in feeding on termites.

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two aardvarks standing in habitat


Orycteropus afer

The aardvark is specialized to eat ants and termites.

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Tawny frogmouth (Photo: Kathy Newton)

Tawny Frogmouth

Podargus strigoides

Though it resembles an owl, the tawny frogmouth belongs to an order of insect-eating, nocturnal birds that includes nightjars and nighthawks.

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Southern Brazilian Ocelot

Leopardus pardalis mitis

Decorated with dark splotches and stripes, its golden coat camouflages with the foliage and hides the hunter from its prey.

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Sand Cat

Felis margarita

Covered with hair, its footpads are insulated from the hot sand.

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ringtail walking across log


Bassariscus astutus

An expert climber, the ringtail can climb down trees headfirst by rotating its hind feet 180 degrees.

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