Mammals

Atlantic Spotted Dolphin

Atlantic Spotted Dolphin

The Atlantic spotted dolphin is found all around the warmer parts of the Atlantic Ocean. Along the North American coast, the species occurs in the waters off Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico. The dolphin rarely moves more than 350 km (220 miles) from the coast.

Atlantic White-Sided Dolphin

Atlantic White-Sided Dolphin

The Atlantic white-sided dolphin is seldom found near shore. It prefers instead to swim far out to sea in the clear water on the edge of the continental shelf, where the sea floor plunges to the great depths of the mid-ocean.

Axis Deer

Axis Deer

Found in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, these deer are characterized by their slender body shape. At certain times of the year they have white spots on their fawn-coloured fur. They live mostly in open habitats, presumably so that they can see approaching predators.

Aye-Aye

Aye-Aye

The single species of aye-aye is a nocturnal, arboreal animal, found in the dense forests of Madagascar. These strange creatures were originally classified as rodents, but now they are recognized as the largest of the nocturnal primates.

Babirusa

Babirusa

The babirusa’s canine teeth are greatly elongated to form tusks that resemble horns. This feature is the reason for its alternative name of "deer hog". There are probably little more than 4,000 of these wild pigs roaming the Indonesian forests of Sulawesi.

Baboon

Baboon

There are 5 variety of baboon living in Africa, although some are known to be able to interbreed, leading some scientists to suggest that they are just different varieties or subspecies. They will not stray far from water.

Bactrian Camel

Bactrian Camel

Archaeological evidence has revealed that Bactrian, or two-humped, camels were first domesticated around 2500 BC. It used to be believed that the one-humped, or dromedary, camel evolved from domesticated Bactrian camels.

Badger

Badger

European badgers are unusual because they live in groups, described as clans. They inhabit a network of underground tunnels and larger chambers known as setts. European badgers emerge above ground to seek food as darkness falls.

Bandicoot

Bandicoot

Bilbies, or rabbit-eared bandicoots, belong to a distinct group of marsupials with 22 species, all of which live in Australia, Tasmania, New Guinea and on some of the surrounding islands. They are characterized by their long, pointed muzzles, and have hind legs.

Barbary Sheep

Barbary Sheep

As their name suggests, barbary sheep originally came from the Barbary Coast - the old name for the Magreb region in north-western Africa. The sheep’s local name is “aoudad”. Today the species is rare in its homeland but has been introduced to Germany.