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Thank you for a successful Mammalthon!
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Hi Mammals, The fundraiser for the mammals of Japan is over, and I’m proud to say we raised $465.00. I’ve already donated half of it (in Japanese yen!) to Animal Refuge Kansai, and I’ll donate the rest to the American Red Cross when the transfer clears. Thank you again for supporting our work and the people and animals of Japan. Love, Jennifer and...

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Japan Benefit: タヌキ (Raccoon Dog) (Nyctereutes procyonoides)
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Today is the final day of our fundraising effort to help Japan. These two drawings, along with the few that remain from earlier in the week, are for sale, with their entire purchase price going to help people and animals affected by the earthquake and tsunami in March—half to the American Red Cross, half to Animal Refuge Kansai, an animal shelter in Japan. Please...

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Japan Benefit: イリオモテヤマネコ (Iriomote Cat) (Prionailurus iriomotensis)
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All week, my daughter Coco and I are selling our drawings of Japanese mammals to raise funds for Japan! If you buy one of them, whether matted or unmatted, your entire purchase price will go to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami: half to the American Red Cross, half to Animal Refuge Kansai, a Japanese animal shelter taking in homeless pets. Please...

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Japan Benefit: ニホンザル (Japanese Macaque) (Macaca fuscata)
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This week’s drawings, by me and by Coco, are for sale to benefit animals and people affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan! If you buy a drawing, we’ll give half of the purchase price to the American Red Cross and half to Animal Refuge Kansai, an animal shelter in Japan. You can select a matted drawing or leave it unmatted. Unmatted, they’re...

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Japan Benefit: テン (Japanese Marten) (Martes melampus)
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This week we’re selling our drawings to benefit Japan! You can buy an original drawing by me or by my daughter Coco, we can mat it for you or leave it as-is, and the best part is that not only do you get a unique work of art, you also get to help people and animals affected by the tsunami and earthquake of earlier...

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Japan Benefit: ニホンリス (Japanese Squirrel) (Sciurus lis)
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This week we’re raising money for people and animals in Japan, and you can help! More details in just a moment… Number 0370 The Japanese squirrel is endemic to Japan, where it is called Nihon risu. It has a red coat in the summer and a grayish-brown one in the fall. This particular fellow looks like he’s getting ready for summer! He’d love to...

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Tehuantepec Jackrabbit (Lepis flavigularis)
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Before we meet a long-eared jackrabbit from Mexico, an announcement: Like everyone, my daughter Coco and I have been saddened by the earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan this month. We’ve decided to have a Daily Mammal fundraiser to raise some money to help people and animals affected by the disasters. Next week, beginning Sunday and running through Saturday, the two of us will post...

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Mammalthon 2: Guereza (Colobus guereza)
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Number 0167 Last one! That was sure a looooong 24 hours, wasn’t it? My tía Laura let me pick for her, and I selected this black-and-white colobus monkey species, the guereza. It lives in Africa, and the white feathery fur you see off its shoulder here is called its mantle. It also has a very long tail, not shown here. This guy reminds me...

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Mammalthon 2: White-Nosed Coati (Nasua narica)
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Number 0166 My dad asked me to draw him a coatimundi. It turns out that the coatimundi, once thought to be a separate species, is actually a male coati. Coatimundi, in a Central American Indian language I can’t pin down for certain, means “lone coati” or “solitary coati,” and adult male coatis are a lonesome bunch, roaming about alone while the females form groups....

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Mammalthon 2: Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
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Number 0165 Mammals, there are only two more drawings after this one and then the “24-hour” mammalthon comes to a close! Ted requested a fox squirrel. (He actually requested a gray squirrel, but since I’d already drawn one, he let me draw a fox squirrel instead.) When Ted and his brother and sister were kids, they had either gray squirrels or fox squirrels in...

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Mammalthon 2: Spotted-Tailed Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus)
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Number 0164 Quolls are one of those wonderful carnivorous marsupials, like my beloved (and extinct) (probably) thylacine. The spotted-tailed quoll used to be called a tiger cat, but that name was so off the mark that it has declined in use. Spotted-tailed quolls live in Australia, naturally, and eat small animals of many kinds. They’ve suffered from habitat loss, trapping, poisoning, and disease, and...

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Mammalthon 2: Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis)
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Number 0162 My uncle Jay, a great uncle in more than one way, requested a baby kit fox. This was at first confusing to research because baby foxes are sometimes called kits no matter the particular species (when they’re not being called pups or cubs). But here in fact is a kit fox cub. They live in the Chihuahuan desert (I used to live...

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Mammalthon 2: Ord’s Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys ordii)
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Number 0161 This kangaroo rat is for Tynan, who recently learned about them when his family visited the sand dunes. I think the Ord in this guy’s name is George Ord, a 19th-century ornithologist. About Ord, the American Philosophical Society says, “George Ord made important contributions as an ornithologist and writer but is also famous for his contempt of fellow ornithologist, John James Audubon.”...

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Mammalthon 2: Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia)
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This little bird (requested by Mary) is here to say that Mammalthon 2 raised $1225 for the Wildlife Center! $1225! That can buy them a lot of applesauce, baby food, blankets, and veterinary supplies! Thank you so much for contributing to the mammalthon. The drawings are still coming, don’t worry, but I didn’t want to wait to celebrate how much money we...

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Mammalthon 2: Tiger (Panthera tigris)
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If you’re still sticking around, thanks for sticking around! I have a lot of mammals left to draw, and I will try to draw them all this week. We raised more than $1,000 for the Wildlife Center, which is very exciting and will help them a lot. Here’s a tiger for my cousin...

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Mammalthon 2 A Success!
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This is Ted, guest-blogging for Jennifer. At 6:20 this morning, Jennifer had to lie down for a little while, and asked me to wake her at 7:00. I did, but she quickly fell back asleep again. I’ve decided to let her sleep. Last time she did the Mammalthon, you may recall I wrote how she made it look easy, staying up all night and...

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Mammalthon 2: Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
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Here are two harbor seals that will be waiting for Heather when she wakes up because I like her twice as much! Don’t worry, there is almost no chance that they will fall victim to the Steller sea lion’s intrapinnipedal appetites. —————- Now playing: Nas – The World Is Yours via...

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Mammalthon 2: The Governor of Hawaii (Homo sapiens)
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Ah well. I tried, but I still can’t draw Governor Paul (or sometimes Phil) Jameson, as played by Richard Denning on Hawaii Five-O, and requested by Chris. This does look more like him than my drawing of Eight Belles looked like her, sadly. —————- Now playing: Flight of the Conchords – A Kiss Is Not a Contract via...

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Mammalthon 2: Dugong (Dugong dugon)
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Number 0155 These manatee relatives are big, slow-moving, marine vegetarians who swim around, dragging their flippers and munching on sea grass. In Living Mammals of the World, Ivan T. Sanderson tells us, “They are also rather easygoing, sluggish beasts that drift back and forth with the tides to feed; they used to be found in enormous herds and were so trusting in places where...

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Mammalthon 2: Least Chipmunk (Tamias minimus)
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Number 0154 This little guy is for my tia Leah. The wee least chipmunk is the smallest of all the chipmunks. They live throughout North America, and they build different summer and winter houses. They hibernate, but not too deeply, and they wake up frequently for midnight...

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Eight Belles
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Eight Belles

May 3, 2008 by

Number 0153 If you know me, you know that I’m a long-time horse lover. I’ve been putting off drawing a horse for this project because once it’s drawn, it’s drawn, and there’s another 13 years of not drawing horses. Also, if the goal is for me to draw every mammal species, well, I’ve drawn tens of thousands of horses already. But I was glad...

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