Complete List Of Mammals: Page #7

Mammals

Chimpanzee

Chimpanzee

Regarded as our closest surviving relatives, chimpanzees stand up to 170 cm (67 in) tall on their hind legs. They live in groups, largely on the ground. Chimpanzees have a number of characteristics that were once thought to be exclusively human.

Civet

Civet

The 34 or so species in this family include civets, palm civets, and Malagasy civets. They are found in south-west Europe, Africa, Madagascar and Asia. Most civets are nocturnal, solitary tree-dwellers and they are generally omnivorous.

Clouded Leopard

Clouded Leopard

This is one of the least-known of the larger cats, occurring in forested areas. In spite of its size, it is a very agile climber. The clouded leopard is not a close relation of the true leopard. This shy and retiring creature has short legs.

Coati

Coati

The coati is a muscular, short-legged animal, with a long, banded tail and a pointed, mobile snout. It lives in groups of up to 40 individuals, which hunt together day and night, resting in the heat of the day. With its mobile snout, the coati probes holes.

Collared Peccary

Collared Peccary

Active during the day, collared peccaries are known locally by various other names, including javelinas and forest hogs, because of their strong body odour. Collared peccaries are not directly related to pigs and wild boars. Pigs are native to Europe, Asia and Africa.

Colobus Monkey

Colobus Monkey

The king colobus monkey lives in tropical forests that have long periods of dry weather. Such forests are supplied by seasonal rains or monsoons. West Africa has two monsoons each year. King colobus monkeys eat leaves during and following the monsoons.

Commerson's Dolphin

Commerson's Dolphin

These dolphins are the smallest of all cetaceans. It was only during the 1950s that the separate Indian Ocean population of this species was discovered. Commerson's dolphins occur relatively close to the shore, often entering coastal inlets.

Common Dolphin

Common Dolphin

The classification of these dolphins has been controversial, and the long-beaked form is now regarded as a separate species, known scientifically as D. capensis. The common dolphin is also called the short-beaked saddleback dolphin.

Common Marmoset

Common Marmoset

Common marmosets live on the edges of tropical forests in north-eastern Brazil. The species is also known as the white-tufted-ear marmoset. However, the destruction of their forest habitat means that they are less common than they once were.

Common Shrew

Common Shrew

This is the most common European shrew. It can be found almost anywhere with low-growing vegetation to provide cover, even alongside motorways. Common shrews are very active creatures, almost constantly engaged in searching for food.