Category: Ground Mammals

Banker Horse

The Banker Horse is a feral breed of domesticated horses that live on the Outer Banks in North Carolina. They are descended from Spanish horses that were domesticated and they may have been brought to the Americas during the 16th century and may have either been abandoned on the islands on the exploratory expeditions by


Also known as wapiti, the elk is one of the largest deer species in the world. It is also one of the largest mammals in eastern Asia and North America. As part of the deer family, only the moose is larger the sambar deer can rival the elk in size. Elks are almost identical to


Baboons are originally from Africa and Asia. There are 5 species of baboons around the world, however they all fall into the genus Papio. All five species are commonly recognised, although there is a disagreement within the scientific community whether or not baboons are actually a species or a sub-species. A group of baboons is


Antelope are an ungulate species which is found all over the world, including North America, Asia, and Africa. There are 91 species of antelope in 30 genera, and the majority of these species are native to Africa. They are not a defined group, and it is used to loosely describe all of the Bovidae family


Also known as a Sleuth Hound or a St. Hubert hound, the bloodhound is a large breed of dog that was originally bred to hunt wild boar and deer. Later on, they were bred to track human beings through their strong sense of smell. It is famous for its ability to follow scents for hours

Shar pei

Also known as the Chinese Fighting Dog, the Chinese Shar-Pei (or just Shar Pei for short) is a dog famous for its deep wrinkles and blue-black tongue. Its name is derived from the British spelling of the Cantonese word for it, which translates to ‘sand skin’. Although this may seem like a rather weird name,

Siamese Cat

One of the first distinctly recognised Oriental cat breeds is the Siamese cat. Although the name suggests that it is from Siam (now called Thailand), the exact origins of this cat is unknown. It is believed that the cat is from South East Asia, and may have descended from a sacred temple cat. In Thailand,

Boer Goat

Developed in South Africa in the 1900’s primarily for meat production, the Boer Goat’s name is derived from the Dutch word, “Boer” which means farmer. It is thought that Boer Goat was a hybrid whose roots include indigenous goats from the Fooku and Namaqua Bushmen, as well as some European and Indian goats. They were


Horses are hooved mammals that are part of the Equidae family. Evolving over a period of 45 to 55 million years, it was a small multi-toed creature that involved into the large, single-toed creature that tis found today. Humans started to domesticate the horse around 4000 BC, and domesticating horses was widespread 1000 years later.


The domestic goat is a domesticated hybrid sub-species between the wild goats of Eastern European and Southwest Asian goats. There are over 300 distinct goat breeds in the world. They are one of the oldest domesticated animal species in the world, and they gained popularity as pets in the 20th century. A white goat Historically,


Pugs are a very small breed of dog that is famous for its wrinkly and short-muzzled face. It is also known as a Chinese pug, Dutch bulldog, Dutch mastiff, and a Mini mastiff. Pug puppies are called “puglets”. This dog originated from China, and in ancient China it was called ‘lo-sze’ or ‘foo’. Pug puppies

Basset Hound

As a descendant from the Bloodhound, the Basset Hound an outstanding sense of smell. They are also known for their long ears. It is a hunting dog that can hunt alone or in packs either in the open or a den. They are used to hunt hares, foxes, opossums, and pheasants. Although their reflexes are


Dachshunds are a type of dog that belong to the hound family that is commonly referred to as a ‘sausage dog’. This is because it is short-legged and long in size. Dachshunds were primarily developed to smell, chase, and flush out badgers and other burrow-dwelling animals. Miniature dachshunds were developed to hunt smaller sized prey

Jack Russell

Jack Russell terriers are dogs that were originally used for fox hunting. It is a small and broad terrier that is confused with a Parson Russell and a Russell terrier. It is a working dog, which was originally used by Rev. John Russell in the early 19th century. It has lots of energy, and requires

Short-beaked Echidna

The short-beaked echidna is also known as the spiny anteater as it likes eating ants and termites. The echidna is famous for having a body that is covered with spines or spikes. It also has a distinctive snout and a special tongue that can catch its prey quickly. A short-beaked echidna in the wild The