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Mammals

About Mammals

Many of the largest animals you’ll see at the Houston Zoo are mammals. All mammals have certain characteristics that make them mammals – one of them is that they all have either fur or hair. An animal doesn’t need to be covered in hair or fur, but if they have some on their body, that means they are a mammal! For example, an elephant doesn’t look like it has much hair, but look closer…you’ll see that there are lots of long hairs, especially on its back.You can find mammals on land, in the water, and even in the sky! Most have feet to walk and run, but marine mammals, like sea lions, have flippers or fins to swim. They are still mammals though, so they must breathe air (another important mammal characteristic). There’s only one true flying mammal, which is the bat. You can find bats at the Zoo in Natural Encounters and in the Children’s Zoo if you want to get a closer look at these amazing animals.

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Mammal Facts

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Endangered Species Spotlight

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Our Mammals

African Lion

African Painted Dog

Allen’s Swamp Monkey

Ankole Cattle

Asian Elephant

Asian Small-Clawed Otter

Babirusa

Baird’s Tapir

Banded Mongoose

Binturong

Black Bear

Black Howler Monkey

Bongo

Capybara

Cheetah

Chimpanzee

Clouded Leopard

Coquerel’s Sifaka

Cotton Top Tamarin

Cougar

Crowned Lemur

Damara Mole Rat

Fossa

Goeldi’s Monkey

Golden Lion Tamarin

Golden-Headed Lion Tamarin

Jaguar

Leopard

Malayan Tiger

Mandrill

Maned Wolf

Masai Giraffe

Meerkat

Naked Mole Rat

Nigerian Dwarf Goat

North American Porcupine

North American River Otter

Okapi

Orangutan

Patas Monkey

Pied Tamarin

Pygmy Marmoset

Red Panda

Ring-tailed Lemur

Schmidt’s Red Tailed Guenon

Sea Lion

Siamang

Southern Three-Banded Armadillo

Southern White Rhinoceros

Straw-colored Fruit Bat

Swift Fox

Tamandua

Warthog

Western Lowland Gorilla

White-faced saki monkey

White-Tailed Deer

Yellow-backed duiker