Mammals

Jaguar

Jaguar

As with most big cats, despite the jaguar's wide range its population density is low, with just one jaguar per 25 km2 (9.65 square miles) on average. The jaguar is the only member of the big cat clan in the New World.

Jaguarundi

Jaguarundi

This member of the cat family is frequently called the otter cat because of its unusual appearance. It is also known as the eyra. The confusion over the name of these cats came about because of their colouration.

Jungle Cat

Jungle Cat

Often found living around farms and other human settlements, the jungle cat is a fierce and robust little predator. It has a sandy grey to reddish coat with tabby stripes along its legs, a dark tail tip and black tufts on its large ears.

Kangaroo

Kangaroo

These animals have large feet and well-developed hind legs. Both the males and females emit musky scents, probably to attract mates. Although they usually live alone, they do not seem to defend territories. They are most active during the day.

Kinkajou

Kinkajou

This species is rather confusingly called the honey bear, although it belongs to the raccoon family. Wild kinkajous have also never been observed feeding on honey. Kinkajous are almost entirely arboreal (tree-living).

Kit Fox

Kit Fox

Kit foxes live in the dry desert and scrub areas of the high plateaux and valleys beside the Rocky Mountains in the United States. They generally live in breeding pairs, but social bonds are quite loose and pairs often split.

Klipspringer

Klipspringer

Klipspringers are agile little antelopes that live on or around rocky outcrops in dry parts of eastern and southern Africa. They are commonly seen on cliffs and in rocky highland areas. The name klipspringer means "rock jumper" in Afrikaans.

Koala

Koala

Although often described as a bear, the koala is actually a marsupial, like a kangaroo. Its fur has an odour reminiscent of cough sweets. One of the most instantly recognizable animals in the world. The reproductive system of both male and female is unusual.

Kob

Kob

Like their close relative the waterbucks, kobs are closely associated with water. Kobs are found on river banks and beside watering holes on grasslands and along the edge of woodlands. Most feeding takes place in the early morning and evening.

Kodiak Bear

Kodiak Bear

This is the largest of the brown bears, whose range includes the Kodiak archipelago in the Gulf of Alaska, where salmon is their main prey. The lives of Kodiak bears are closely interwoven with their environment. They may dig their own dens.