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Coyote (Canis latrans)
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Here’s an idea! Why don’t I point you to two embarrassingly bad old drawings in a row? I drew the coyote as mammal number 65, way back in 2007 (oh God, it’s been four years and I have barely a year’s worth of mammals…). Look how my drawing style has changed: very much for the better, yes? Looking over that post is bittersweet because...

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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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Black-backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas)
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Number 0263 Hello, mammals, and thanks for your patience through the long hiatus I seem to have taken from drawing and posting! We’re back in the swing of things now with this black-backed jackal, who lives in two separate parts of Africa, one in the east and one in the south. There is some controversy about who’s a jackal and who isn’t, but my...

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Bat-eared Fox (Otocyon megalotis)
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Number 0259 Well, that’s an apt name! This fox (whose scientific name translates into something like ear-dog big-ear), lives in two separate areas of Africa that are about 1,000 km (621 miles) apart. One is in the eastern part of the continent, ranging from Ethiopia and southern Sudan to Tanzania, and one is in the south, from southern Angola to South Africa. Depending on...

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Hibernators Week: Raccoon Dog (Tanuki) (Nyctereutes procyonoides)
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Number 0224 Guess what! The raccoon dog is not endangered. In fact, in some parts of its range, it is considered a nuisance! How exciting for us, don’t you think? The raccoon dog is in the canid family, although it does resemble a raccoon, especially facially. It originally lived from Siberia to Vietnam, as well as throughout Japan, but it was introduced into Russia...

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Mammals of Iraq: Golden Jackal (Canis aureus)
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Number 0193 Golden jackals live not only in Iraq, but throughout northern Africa, Asia, and up into southern Europe. They mate for life, living in tight little family packs. They have one litter a year, and each time, a couple of their offspring stay on with their parents to help raise the next litter. These big brothers and sisters are called “helpers” and are...

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New Feature: Mammal News Roundup
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Sometimes I see articles online or in magazines that I think would interest Daily Mammal readers. When they concern mammals I haven’t drawn yet, I can feature them as Daily Mammal Now posts. But when I’ve already drawn them, or just don’t want to or can’t draw them right away for some reason, I don’t have a good vehicle to share them with you....

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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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Cape Hunting Dog (Lycaon pictus)
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Number 0122 This African wild dog with big round ears and thin, mottled fur uses abandoned aardvark holes as dens to bear its pups. It lives in packs of around 10 dogs. Cape hunting dogs have what Walker’s Mammals of the World calls “a largely undeserved reputation as an indiscriminate killer of livestock and valued game animals,” which means, of course, that people have...

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Back Orders: Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus)
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Number 0106 The Arctic fox is Nicola’s favorite mammal, so this one is for her. My own favorite thing about the Arctic fox is that it is Iceland’s only native land mammal; all the other terrestrial mammals there were brought by humans. Arctic foxes’ coats are generally white in the winter and a lovely gray or gray-and-white in the summer, although this also seems...

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Back Orders: Arctic Wolf (Canis lupus arctos)
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The arctic wolf, which Nancy requested, is a subspecies of the gray wolf. It’s a little smaller with a shorter nose and ears and a white coat year-round. The arctic wolf is very isolated in the northernmost parts of North America and in Greenland, and the World Wildlife Foundation tells me that it’s the only wolf subspecies that isn’t threatened, which is good news...

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Back Orders: Fennec Fox (Vulpes zerda)
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This fennec fox is for Kelsey, who used to be an absurdly adorable and entertaining young boy, but is now unaccountably a suave and self-possessed teenager. The fennec is his favorite animal at the zoo. I drew one a while back, but I never did like my drawing, so I’m glad I got the chance to redo...

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24 Hours: Dog (Canis lupus familiaris)
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Okay, time to get serious. I’m not going to look up Latin names anymore, and I’m going to try to keep my commentary as brief as possible. I’m too far behind, and I really have to meet this goal: 24 mammals, come what may! This black standard poodle is for Doris McDonald, aka the best-ever tooth puller! —————- Now playing: The Rolling Stones –...

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24 Hours: Gray Wolf (Canis lupus)
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Number 0079 Here’s a gray wolf for Jay. The gray wolf is the largest of the canines. It was once prevalent throughout the world; now it’s restricted mainly to northern North America, Asia, and Europe, with a few small populations surviving in western...

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Coyote (Canis latrans)
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Number 0065 This coyote is for Maleta. Her favorite animal, like mine, is the dog, the plain old domestic dog, but I can’t draw my favorite in the first few months of a 14-year project! So Maleta requested a coyote, which is also the mascot of the high school in Tatum, where she lives. Coyotes are also one of my favorites. At my parents’...

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Bush Dog (Speothos venaticus)
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Number 0057 This canid lives in South America. He looks, to me, like a cross between a corgi and a kinkajou. But don’t worry, he isn’t! Every continent except Australia and Antarctica has native wild dogs. (Dingos aren’t native to Australia but were introduced. As far as I know, no wild dogs have been introduced to Antarctica...

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Nocturnal Week: Fennec Fox (Vulpes zerda)
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Number 0045 The fennec fox is one of my favorite mammals; I wish I had done him justice. Someday when I have time for an extra mammal, I’m going to redraw this guy. If you’re not familiar with fennecs, check out some photographs (these are of someone’s pet fennec fox, and are quite nice). They are the smallest canid, topping out at around 3...

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