Mammals are unique in the animal kingdom by possessing endothermy (warm-bloodedness), as well as a region of the brain known as the neocortex, the ossicle bones of the ear, the bodily integument known as "hair," and specialized sweat glands that produce milk in females for their offspring. These glands are called "mammaries," and it is from this word that mammals get their name. Mammals are most basically broken down into three groups: the primitive, egg-laying monotremes (the smallest group), the marsupials (which give birth to undeveloped live young that further facilitate development within a pouch on its mother's abdomen), and the largest group, the placentals (which give birth to developed live young). Mammals owe their origin to the "mammal-like reptiles" of the Carboniferous Period known as synapsids. It would be during the Triassic period that the synapsid group known as mammals would silently evolve alongside and in the shadow of the ruling vertebrates known as dinosaurs. Following the extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous period that extinguished the non-avian dinosaurs (approximately 66 million years ago), the mammals finally gained the opportunity to fulfill newly opened ecological niches and evolve into several new forms. Today they rule much of our world; flying in the form of bats, swimming in the form of whales, and dominating the earth as the most successful mammal of all time: humans.
-Size: 17"L x 11”W x 14.5"H -Species: Papio ursinus -Notes: A stunning and large specimen of an adult chacma baboon with huge canines. The chacma baboon is one of the largest and longest species of monkey alive today. -Location: Angola, Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe This item can not...
-Specimen Size: 12&1/2"L x 5&1/2"W x 4&3/8"H -Species: Cavia porcellus -Notes: Rodents, like this guinea pig, have continuously growing incisors that constantly need to be worn down by chewing on hard surfaces. -Location: Andes Mountains, South America (now globally due to the pet trade) This item can not be sent...
-Specimen Size: 6&1/2" L x 3&3/4" W x 3" H -Species: Oryctolagus cuniculus -Notes: Rabbits, like rodents, also have continuously growing incisors that constantly need to be worn down by chewing on hard surfaces. This specimen has been freeze dried. -Location: Global distribution This item can not be sent outside...
-Size: 12”L (from base to tip of tail) x 6&1/2”W x 6”H -Species: Tamias striatus -Notes: This excellent taxidermy illustrates the aware chipmunk at one of its hiding spots. While excellent tree climbers, eastern chipmunks also live throughout a network of nests connected by underground tunnels. -Location: eastern USA and...
-Specimen Size: 4" L x 1&7/8" W x 1&1/4" H -Species: Mus musculus -Notes: Rodents, like this mouse, have continuously growing incisors that constantly need to be worn down by chewing on hard surfaces. This specimen has been freeze dried. -Location: Global distribution This item can not be sent outside...
-Size: 20”L x 20.5”W x 16”H -Species: Castor canadensis -Notes: A great taxidermy beaver posed atop a natural piece of wood. Beavers are large, amphibious rodents that create dams from fallen trees as a means of shelter. -Location: North America (introduced into parts of South America, Europe, and Russia). This...
-Size: 27"L x 14"W x 10&3/4"H -Species: Vulpes vulpes -Notes: A beautiful taxidermy example of the classic red fox. The red fox is the largest of the true fox species, and has a massive distribution range. It is listed as one of the "world's 100 worst invasive species" because of...
-Specimen Size: 23"L x 7.5”W x 12.5"H -Species: Pedetes capensis -Notes: An exceptional taxidermy from one of the world’s lesser known and bizarre rodents. It’s kangaroo-like legs allow it to jump over 6’ in length. -Location: southern Africa This item can not be sent outside of the USA.
-Size: 8”L x 8”W x 14”H -Species: Caracal caracal -Notes: A very rare taxidermy specimen of one of Africa’s most elusive cats. They are extremely agile and can even turn their bodies while jumping in the air after prey. The noticeable tufts of fur on the tips of their ears...
-Specimen Size: 31"L x 7”W x 16"H -Species: Chlorocebus pygerythrus -Notes: Vervet monkeys are also known as "green monkeys" because of the slight green tint that can sometimes occur on their grey fur. Tail is bendable. -Location: Eastern and southern Africa This item can not be sent outside of the USA.
-Size: 8&1/8"L x 5&1/4"W x 5"H -Species: Mustela erminea -Notes: The ermine is also known as a stoat or short-tailed weasel. This charming specimen is a vintage taxidermy example, being a little rough around the edges. Comes mounted on a wooden display base. -Location: North America & Eurasia (introduced into...