Mammals

Eastern Mole

Eastern Mole

The eastern mole ranges from Wyoming and S. Dakota in the north and west to Texas and Florida in the south. There is also a smaller, isolated population in Mexico. This mole needs to dig its burrows in soil that is relatively free of large roots and rocks.

Eland

Eland

The description of 'giant' for this eland refers to its horns, rather than its overall body size when compared with its relative, the common eland. This is one of two species of eland, both of which occupy similar types of open savannah habitat.

Elephant

Elephant

The two species of elephant are by far the largest terrestrial mammals; they may stand up to 13 ft (4 m) at the shoulder and weigh as much as 13,000 lb (5,900 kg). One species lives in Africa, the other in India and Southeast Asia.

Elephant Seal

Elephant Seal

Elephant seals live in the waters around Antarctica and come ashore on the region’s islands. They are seen as far north as South Georgia in the South Atlantic. Elephant seals feed on fish and squid. Killer whales represent the only major threat to adults.

Elephant Shrew

Elephant Shrew

The 15 species of African elephant shrews have extraordinary trunklike noses. Although once assigned to the insectivores, elephant shrews are now classified in their own order. Elephant shrews, or sengis, are small African mammals.

Elk

Elk

The name Elk often causes confusion. In North America elks are known as moose. To compound this confusion, the name elk is also used in the Americas to refer to red deer. Elks are the largest deer in the world. They live in the cold conifer forests.

Emperor Tamarin

Emperor Tamarin

The distinctive moustachioed appearance of these monkeys led to them being named after Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany, following their discovery in the early 1900s. Easily identified by its flowing white mustache, the emperor tamarin is one of 12 species.

European Hare

European Hare

Unlike rabbits, hares do not live in burrows. They spend most of the time alone, although a few may be seen together at good feeding sites. A fast-running hare, with long hind limbs, the brown, or European hare is mainly active at dusk and at night.

European Mole

European Mole

The European mole lives across most of Europe, including large parts of Britain, but does not live in southern Europe, which is too dry. However, the species is found across northern Asia as far as China. Like all moles, this species is a tunneller.

European Rabbit

European Rabbit

Rabbits depend on microbes in their intestinal tract to digest their food, and they also eat their own droppings to absorb the nutrients. Smaller than a hare, with shorter legs and ears, the common rabbit is brownish on the upperparts, with buffy-white underneath.