Mammals bring joy to millions of people around the world. Domestic cats and dogs live in many homes. Many more homes have horses, goats, hamsters, rabbits, rats, and/or guinea pigs. Animal Wonders gives a home to displaced wildlife and other exotic mammals. Whether they were born in captivity or for some reason or another came from the wild and can no longer return, Animal Wonders provides them with a life-long home. Click on their picture to see their biography.
Arctic foxes are in need of our help! Their habitat is shrinking due to human encroachment, climate change, and also species competition. Since climate change has reduced the frigid weather in the Arctic, the red fox is able to go further and further into the Arctic fox's territory because don't need an extra thick fur coat to survive. The red fox is larger and is able to out compete the Arctic fox for food and shelter. Several populations of Arctic Foxes are now endangered. Please help spread the word about the plight of these truly amazing animals.
Chinchilla (Chinchilla lanigera). These rodents come from the Andes Mountains in South America. The high altitude makes it very cold to live there so Chinchillas wear a very special coat of fur. Most mammals, including humans, have one hair per follicle. Chinchillas have about 80 hairs per follicle! That is what makes their fur coat so warm and it also makes it extremely soft.
Chinchillas like to stay very clean but because their fur is so thick if they were to get wet for a bath they wouldn't dry out for a long time. So to get clean chinchillas take a bath in volcanic ash, which is very fine dust.
Unlike other rodents, chinchillas have fur on their toes. They also have very big hind legs so they can jump up to 5 feet into the air!
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Sugar Glider (Peteaurua breviceps). These marsupials live in Australia where they eat nectar, fruits, and insects from the trees they live in. If they decide they want to move to another tree they leap into the air and spread out all four legs, creating a parachute of skin, and glide to the chosen destination. They have skin that attaches to their wrists and ankles. You barely notice it when they aren't gliding through the air.
Sugar gliders are nocturnal, which means they are awake at night and sleep during they day. Because they are awake at night they need extra large eyes to see in the dark. They specialize in catching insects and finding the sweetest fruits and nectars.
Domestic Rat (Rattus norvegicus). Rats live about 3 years in captivity. They eat fruits, vegetables, seeds, and grain. Like all rodents they have "ever growing" teeth. They need to chew on something hard to keep their teeth from getting too long. Rats have long tails with barely any hair on them. They use this tail to keep their balance while climbing and sitting on their haunches. Rats are nocturnal. which means they are awake at night and sleep during the day. They have extra large eyes so they can see better in the dark.
Rats often get a bad rap. People accuse them of being dirty, creepy, and scary. Domestic rats are much different than the wild ones you might see in a barn or old house. Domestic rats make wonderful pets and show affection for their owners. Rats are intelligent creatures and can be trained many tricks. They like to stay very clean if they can and are constantly grooming themselves.