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Agile Antechinus (Antechinus agilis)
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Number 0403 This fellow is one of a group of species called broad-footed marsupial mice. They’re small, carnivorous marsupials native to Australia. I drew this sometime last year, I think, and I don’t know where I found this guy because the species is not in any of my books or in my mammal species database. It was first described in 1998, having previously been...

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What I’ve Been Doing
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I’ve been wanting to write a post about the animals killed near Zanesville, Ohio, last week, but I’m not sure how to say everything I want to say. I did have the idea, though, to draw a tribute to the 49 unfortunate mammals who died, and I’ve been working on it the past several days, which is one reason why there hasn’t been a...

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Random Rodent: Acacia Rat (Thallomys paedulcus)
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Number 0397 I know you’ve heard it before, but the rodents are a problem. They account for some 40 percent of the mammals, and nearly all of them are small beige lumps. Many of them have evaded photographers up to now, so I often have to base my drawing on a related rodent but make changes based on the descriptions I can find. It’s...

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Short-eared Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus caninus)
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Number 0396 I drew this fellow last week, and just now, sitting down to research him, I ended up tumbling about in my books and online, finding not a lot about the possum—he’s a marsupial who lives in a little-bitty sliver of eastern Australia—but several other bits and pieces somewhat related to the species, which is also known as the bobuck. For instance, as...

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Five Random Rodents
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Numbers 0376, 0377, 0378, 0379 and 0380 Rodents keep me up at night. I can hear them scritch-scritch-scritching in the attic and the walls. Their whiskers lightly tickle my skin and their buck teeth gnaw on my bones. Their beady little eyes stare at me from every corner, glinting in the dark. Not because my house is infested—it isn’t—but because of the Daily Mammal...

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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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Repeat: Common Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes)
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Until February 24, 2011, I hadn’t posted a mammal since July 10, 2010. Why? Well, the kids kept me busy, and that’s an understatement. Most of it was just general exhaustion. But I was also a bit burned out after my World Cup series, a month-long extravaganza of mammals that involved a whole lot of research about soccer and different countries in addition to...

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World Cup: New Zealand Lesser Short-Tailed Bat (Mystacina tuberculata)
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Number 0334 We are continuing our look at the World Cup, and with this particular entry, we have some officiating errors, just as they have in the soccer tournament. You see, I usually draw my bats the way they are usually photographed: maybe hanging upside down, probably crouched on a tree or something. I like drawing portraits, and besides, there aren’t that many great...

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Greater Glider (Petauroides volans)
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Number 0300 Here’s our 300th mammal! That’s right, in almost exactly three years of drawing mammals, I have less than a year’s worth of drawings to show for it. We could celebrate this milestone or rue its inadequacy: your choice. By request, here’s the greater glider! This adorable marsupial, which surely has the world’s cutest ears, lives in the eucalyptus forests of Australia. Up...

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About my new name
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About my new name

Apr 10, 2010 by

You may, or probably won’t, notice that my name has changed from J.R. Atkins to J.R. Kinyak here on the site. That’s because after nearly 6 years of marriage, my husband Ted Slampyak and I adopted two kids, and all four of us changed our last names to Kinyak, a combination of AtKINs and SlampYAK. Being a Kinyak is very...

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Lions!
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Lions!

Aug 19, 2009 by

Did you notice the Daily Mammal has been on a sort of sabbatical? That was for very good reason: my family has expanded! And in honor of that, today we have not one but THREE lion drawings—by me, my son Theo (age 13), and my daughter Coco (age 10). Can you believe Theo has never drawn with this particular technique? And Coco’s baby lion...

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Daily Mammal featured on The Sister Project
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Hi Mammals, There’s a nice interview with me and profile of this site over on The Sister Project, a wonderful network of blogs that look at the idea of sisterhood from many different perspectives. (Even if you’re not a sister, but a brother or an only child, you’ll find something to like there.) Check it out!...

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Something I’ve Noticed About Myself
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  When I do a drawing that I really don’t like, it sort of freezes me. I don’t want to post it, but it’s a mammal, so shouldn’t I? I mean, it’s one out of 5,000, mark it down. But I don’t like the drawing, so I put it off and put it off. And meanwhile, I’m staring at it as it sits on...

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Happy birthday, Daily Mammal!
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Today, June 3, is the Daily Mammal’s first birthday! A few weeks ago, I posted a couple of goals I wanted to meet by today. And guess what! I met them! You wouldn’t know, though, because I have six drawings of mammals in six orders that have never previously been seen on this site, but I haven’t scanned and posted them yet. I hope...

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Assorted mammalian musings
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• On June 3, 2007, the first Daily Mammal post went up. Almost a year ago! • I was up until 3:30 am last night working on a spreadsheet that lists the Latin names and taxonomic situations of all the mammals of the world. (Don’t worry, I didn’t make that part, I downloaded it from the Smithsonian.) What I was doing was putting in...

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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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Let the Wild Rumpus Start!
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Mammalthon 2 starts NOW! We’ve got 24 actual scientifically proven mammals, one perhaps mythical mammal, and one bird. (That one was the last request to make it in. Why not, right?) Let’s see how far we get! —————- Now playing: Merle Haggard – (My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers via...

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24 MAMMALS IN 24 HOURS: Mammalthon 2 is coming April 19!
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    Last December, 36 beautiful, generous, animal-loving art aficionados participated in the first Daily Mammal 24-Hour Mammal Marathon. I stayed up for 24 hours straight and drew a mammal an hour (almost). People who donated to Defenders of Wildlife got to request a mammal, see it appear during the 24-hour mammalthon, and then receive the original drawing in the mail. It was unbelievably...

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Hello everyone!
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Hello everyone!

Mar 1, 2008 by

Hi mammals of all sizes and shapes, Please don’t abandon the Daily Mammal! I’m in the midst of an unusually busy time at work (for instance: I went on two different business trips this week, and while I don’t go anywhere next week, I have two trips the week after that, too), and it’s been difficult to keep up with the mammals. But I’m...

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Behind the Scenes: Daily Mammal Process Part 1
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I got a request for a post about my drawing process, and I’ve noticed that people are often surprised when they hear how I make my mammals, so I thought I’d give you a look into how I do what I do. This is part one of a two-part series. 1. Book research Every daily mammal starts with research. If I’m drawing a request,...

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24 Hours: Progress Report: SHE DID IT!
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Jennifer Atkins did it: She drew 24 mammals non-stop! It took her just over 26 hours, and she didn’t give up until the 24 mammals promised were completed! Here are pictures of our illustrator working on her final drawing of the marathon: the large flying fox for me. Compare these photos with how she looked at the start — she’s still fresh as a...

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WE DID IT!
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WE DID IT!

Dec 23, 2007 by

Wow! Twenty-four mammals in…twenty-six hours! We actually did it! Thank you to everyone who contributed a donation, requested a mammal, or posted a comment. Your support got me through this mammalian marathon, and I really appreciate everyone’s encouragement. I’m so happy that people cared and took an interest and wanted to help Defenders of Wildlife! So THANK YOU. I’ll be back…maybe not today…to draw...

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…And she’s OFF!
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…And she’s OFF!

Dec 22, 2007 by

Hello everyone! Thanks for checking in on Jennifer during her 24-hour Daily Mammal Marathon (or Mammalthon as we like to call it here at Daily Mammal Worldwide HQ). Jennifer got off to a bright fresh start just before 10:00 AM Mountain Time (Noon Eastern Time — duh), and as you can see from the photos, she was bright and cheery and ready for a...

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24 Mammals in 24 Hours Sold Out!
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The first-ever Daily Mammal special event, 24 Mammals in 24 Hours, looks to be a success, so far! Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to Defenders of Wildlife and requested a mammal: 26 people in all! I’m going to leave the donations open for now, so if you want to donate at least $25, request a mammal, and get the original...

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24 Mammals in 24 Hours!
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I am pleased to announce the first-ever Daily Mammal special event: 24 MAMMALS IN 24 HOURS! On Saturday, December 22, I will be drawing a mammal every hour. That’s right, I’ll stay up all night, draw and scan like crazy, and post the mammals here for you to see. I’m not just doing this because it will be fun, though. It’s for a special...

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