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Other Mammals

Many types of animals belong to the mammal classification, including humans. Some of the things that make mammals different are that they are hot blooded, have spines, give birth to live young (instead of laying eggs) and have sweat glands. Mammals come in all shapes and sizes. Below are pictures of some the mammals at Austin Zoo.

Ring-Tailed Lemur

Diet: Herbivore
Lifespan: Up to 20 years
Weight: Up to 12 lbs
Size: Up to 3 feet long
Status: Endangered

Habitat: Lemurs are found only on the east African island of Madagascar. They live in the dry woodland districts with a seven to eight month dry season.

Did you know?

  • All lemur species today are endangered due to the rapid destruction of their forest habitat for agricultural development, cattle grazing, and human settlement.
  • The word “lemur” comes from old Latin, and refers to ghosts or spirits.
  • Ring-Tailed Lemurs purr and mew like house cats.

North American Black Bear

Diet: Omnivore
Lifespan: Up to 27 years
Weight: Up to 500 lbs
Size: Up to six feet tall

Habitat: Forested areas are the black bear’s primary habitat, but they can adapt to live within a variety of habitats. They may live in low elevation swamps or high mountain meadows.

    Did you know?

  • A female bear is called a ‘sow’ and a male bear is called a ‘boar’.
  • Black bears can run up to 35 miles an hour.
  • They eat a mix of fruit, nuts, acorns, insects, succulent greens, and meat.
  • Black bears can hibernate for up to seven months.
  • They typically live in forests and are excellent tree climbers.
  • Bears who become habituated to human food at campsites, cabins, or rural homes can become dangerous.

Serval

Diet: Carnivore
Lifespan: Up to 20 years
Weight: Up to 41 lbs
Size: Up to four feet long
Status: Least Concerned

Habitat: Servals are found in many parts of Africa, but not in the equatorial jungles or the Sahara. They are most commonly found in East African savannas, usually near water.

    Did you know?

  • This cat has a number of different vocalizations which include snarling, growling, spitting, purring, and a high-pitched cry used to call other servals.
  • Servals have an excellent sense of hearing and can locate prey that is moving around.
  • A serious threat to servals is the fur trade, which continues to demand large numbers of the beautifully marked skins.

Prairie Dog

Lifespan: Up to 5 years
Weight: Up to 3 lbs
Size: Up to 5 inches tall
Status: Threatened

Habitat: Prairie Dogs live in short and medium grass prairies and plateaus of the American West.

    Did you know?

  • Prairie Dogs have a high-pitched, bark-like call. Recent studies suggest that Prairie Dogs possess the most sophisticated of all natural animal languages.
  • They can run up to 35 miles per hour for short distances.
  • The Prairie Dog digs its own burrows, that lead down a steep slanting corridor of 15 to 16 feet before leveling off for another 20 to 50 feet. These are called “towns”.

Binturong

Diet: Omnivore
Lifespan: Up to 23 years
Weight: Up to 45 lbs
Size: Up to 5 feet long
Status: Least Concern

Habitat: The Binturong lives in dense forests across the following Asian countries: India, Indochina, Indonesia, Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Sumatra, Bangka, the Rhio Archipelago, Java, and Borneo.

    Did you know?

  • The Binturong will make a chuckling sound when seemingly happy and utter high-pitched wails when annoyed.
  • The scent of Binturong musk is often compared to that of warm popcorn and cornbread.
  • They are sometimes referred to as the bear cat because of its bear-like gait while moving on the ground.
  • The Binturong is nocturnal. Along with its excellent night vision, its long white whiskers help it to feel around while searching for prey in the dark.

Red Fox


Spotted Genet