North American River Otter
River otters are a member of the weasel family, equally at home in water and on land. These playful, boisterous creatures are known for their swimming, diving, and even tobogganing skills! The North American river otter is one of 13 otter species that live around the globe.
The Pallas’s cat sports a coat much longer and thicker than its wild cat cousins have. It helps the small cat, also called manul (Mongolian for small wild cat), stay warm in its blustery habitat in central China and Mongolia. The Pallas’s cat was named after Peter Pallas, a German naturalist who studied Russian animals.
Red pandas have gone by many names over the years, including firefox, red cat-bear, and bright panda. In fact, these bushy-tailed mammals are most closely related to raccoons and skunks. Red pandas live throughout the foothills of the Himalayas.
Western Gray Kangaroo
Australia’s most famous animal resident is part of the family group with a scientific name that translates to “big-foot.” That describes these champion jumpers to a T. Western gray kangaroos can bound up to 30 feet, and can reach speed up to 30 miles per hour! Their long, thick tails help them balance as they go.