MAMMALgraphy [animals]

There are about 4000 named species of mammal in the world. I say about, because it is hard to get a list of species that all the experts agree on. So until you become an expert taxonomist and can solve the problems of what are or are not species.

The first characteristic that guarantees that an animal is a mammal is that its female can produce milk to feed its young. This milk is produced by modified sweat glands called 'mammary' glands. It is from these glands that the whole group takes its name, 'Mammals.

The second test is the possession of hair, something humans often have problems with but which they should respect more. No other animal has hair in the same form as mammals, and all mammals have some hair at least at the beginning of their lives - baby whales and dolphins are born with a moustache.

A cow is a generic term for domesticated bovines, often raised for meat, milk, leather products, and draft work. There are an estimated 1.3 billion cows in the world, most raised for agricultural purposes. Despite being relatively placid creatures, cows are controversial animals, as raising them levies heavy costs in terms of pollution and environmental damage

Water Buffalow
The water buffalo or Bubalus bubalis is a bovine native to Asia, where it has roamed for thousands of years. In addition to being found wild in Asia, water buffalo are also domesticated, working as draft animals in many Asian countries and being used to produce meat and milk in many regions of the world. Many zoos have a collection of water buffalo on display for people who would like to see them, and people who travel in rural Asia often encounter working water buffalo.

As their name implies, water buffalo are quite comfortable in the water. In the wild, they are often found around forested wetlands, and they may spend much of their day in the water, keeping cool and foraging for food. Water buffalo generally live in herds which can vary widely in size, with the females bearing a single calf each year after a gestation which lasts around nine months.

Many people associate these animals with Asian culture because they have become such important working animals in Southeast Asia, and they have participated in centuries of Asian history. Hopefully the preservation efforts aimed at the wild water buffalo will be successful, allowing future generations to catch a glimpse of Asia's distant past.

Everybody knows and loves cat. It needs no further introduction, doesn't it?

and the BIGger cousin too...
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Malayan Tiger
In 2004, the Malayan Tiger was declared the Ninth Sub-species of Tiger. Click here for more info.

Lemur is just like the cocktail of fox+cat+dog+primates. Nice and beautiful creature indeed.
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Lemurs are found naturally only on the island of Madagascar and some smaller surrounding islands, including the Comoros. All lemurs are endangered species, many species became already extinct in the last centuries.

The giraffe is tallest animal species on land - generally around 5 metres tall and weigh over 1 tonne. The giraffe is related to deer and cattle, but in a different family.
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Nice living rubbled-wall pattern

The Zebra is a member of the horse family. Native to Africa [except in Northern and Western Desert parts]. They are best known for their distinctive black and white stripes.
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Beautiful stripes too...for camouflage purposes.

Rhino is a shortened name for Rhinoceros. Sounds like a dinosour. Weight up to nearly 4 tonnes, height up to 1.8 meters. Rhinoceros have acute hearing and sense of smell, but poor eyesight. Most rhinoceros live to be about 50 years old or more.
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Probably this endangered animal is one of the remaining living pre-historic mamals. The most obvious distinguishing characteristic of the rhinos is a large horn above the nose. Rhinoceros horns, unlike those of other horned mammals, consist of keratin only and lacks a bony core, such as bovine horns. Rhinoceros horns are used in traditional medicine,especially among the Chinese.

Seladang or Gaur
The Seladangs are huge animals, heights can be over 2m and weights up to 2 tonnes - varies by region of South Asia and Southeast Asia. It is the largest of all wild cattle, bigger even than the Bison. Seladang is not water buffalo, both are huge and blacks though.
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Other Mammals
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