Hey kids, welcome back to our series on the mysteries of created kinds.
Last week, we finalized our name for our resident cormorant—Cormelius. I checked in on him yesterday (as of this writing), and he is enjoying the unseasonably warm weather we are having here at the Creation Museum.
Last week, we met a colorful group of birds with lots of variety. This week, we meet a small group of mammals mostly from the Old World, which includes Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Members of this kind are found in a variety of habitats, including shrublands1 and forests. They tend to avoid higher elevations but will gladly use lower elevation rocky habitats.2 Some members of this kind can have unique color patterns like albinism (which makes them very light) and melanism (which makes them very dark).3 They have relatively broad ranges for small mammals, sometimes averaging over four square miles.4 However, daily movements were often well less than a mile.5 Some species prefer the treetops, while others prefer to stay on the ground.6
Members of this kind are commercially farmed for their scent which is used to make perfume.7 Their diet varies widely, with some species being primarily carnivorous, dining mostly on insects and small mammals.8 Others depend on fruits, with figs being their favorite fruit.9 Other members of the kind are omnivores, mixing and matching from fruits and live prey.10
Because members of this kind are often solitary and live in remote areas, very little is known for certain about their reproduction in the wild. Most of the information we have comes from camera traps, places in the wild where motion-triggered cameras are hidden to take pictures of animals. In captivity, they will produce as many as four kits in a litter and up to three litters a year.11
Has anyone figured it out yet? This week’s kind is the Viverridae—the Viverrid (Civet) kind. We have a representative of this kind at our Ark Encounter zoo—a binturong, otherwise called a bear cat, from the jungles of Southeast Asia. Stay tuned for next week when we meet a colorful snake kind.
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There is only one species in this kind, and it is found only in the northern half of South America.
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