Lesser Hedgehog Tenrec
(Echinops telfairi)

Although it looks a lot like a hedgehog, the Lesser Hedgehog Tenrec (Echinops telfairi) is actually a member of the Tenrecidae family. When two species that are not closely related develop similar traits or appearances, due to living within similar environments and adapting to similar lifestyles, it is known…

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Barbary Sheep
(Ammotragus lervia)

The Barbary Sheep (Ammotragus lervia) is a type of caprid (goat-antelope). Other names for the Barbary sheep include the Aoudad, Waddan, Arui and Arruis. The name Ammotragus means sand goat.


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Ring-tailed Lemur
(Lemur catta)

The Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta) has to be the most popular, and easiest to recognise species of the Lemuridae family. With their grey-brown coat, and black and white ringed tail they cannot be mistaken for any other species. The ring-tailed lemur is normally seen either sun-bathing or bounding around…

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Red Panda
(Ailurus fulgens)

For as long as I can remember the Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) has been a favourite of mine. With its beautifully contrasting coat, and long bushy tail, it is easy to see why I found them so appealing. Unfortunately most of my zoo visits ended in me staring high up in to a tree to see a small ball of red fluff, snuggled up…

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(Panthera tigris x Panthera leo) x Panthera tigris

The Ti-Tigon (Panthera tigris x Panthera leo) x Panthera tigris is a type of large cat hybrid. A ti-tigon is created by mating a tiger to a Tigon hybrid (offspring of a tiger and a lioness). If the tigon had been mated to a Lion the result would have been a Li-Tigon (Panthera…

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Golden Tabby Tiger

The Golden Tabby Tiger is a mutation of the Tiger (Panthera tigris) also known as the Strawberry Tiger and the Golden Bengal Tiger. Almost all share the same ancestor, a tiger called Bhim who incidentally is the son of Tony (the ancestor to nearly all of North America's White…

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(Acinonyx jubatus)

The Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) also known as the Hunting Leopard, is arguably one of the easiest wild cats to recognise. With its sleek and slender body, deep chest, and its spotted coat, the cheetah is impossible to mistake for any other species. 


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Skewbald Hebra
(Equus ferus caballus x Equus quagga)

An Hebra is the offspring of a male Horse (stallion) and a female Zebra (mare), in this case a Domestic Horse (Equus ferus caballus) and a Plains Zebra (Equus quagga). The unusual patchy colouration is down to a colour form known as skewbald (white patchy coat on a colour other…

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(Panthera pardus x Panthera onca)

The Lepjag is the offspring of a Leopard (Panthera pardus) and a Jaguaress (Panthera onca) and is represented by the scientific name of Panthera pardus x Panthera onca.

The top 3 images were kindly permitted to PawsForWildlife for use by Deanna…

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Savannah Cat
(Felis catus x Leptailurus serval)

The Savannah Cat is an hybrid between a Domestic Cat (Felis catus) and a Serval (Leptailurus serval) that originated in the United States. It is recognised by the International Cat Association as a registered breed. The Savannah inherits many features from the Serval parent, including the…

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South American Coati
(Nasua nasua)

The South American Coati (Nasua nasua) is becoming an ever more popular feature in zoos and wildlife parks. The South American coati (also known as the Ring-tailed Coati) is one of only 2 species in the genus Nasua, the other being the White-nosed…

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Northern Tree Shrew
(Tupaia belangeri)

The Northern Tree Shrew (Tupaia belangeri) is a small insectivorous mammal from Southeast Asia. There are only around 14 species of Tupaia Tree Shrews alive today, and the Northern Tree Shrew has had more than 10 subspecies named. That being said, some specialists only recognise 2 subspecies, the nominate

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