The hearty polar bear is the largest land carnivore in the world. Because they live on the ice-caps and not typically on land masses, these bears are considered to be marine mammals. Thick layers of blubber and dense, waterproof coats help them survive the harsh Arctic winter. Their oar-like feet act as flippers in the water and snowshoes on land, and insulating, hairy soles allow the bears to walk atop snow and ice.
The world’s smallest monkey is certainly not short on personality…or hair. The pygmy marmoset’s tiny, expressive face is set inside a halo of gold-tinged, salt-and-pepper fur. These agile primates are extremely curious and busy as they dart between tree branches.
Red pandas have gone by many names over the years, including firefox, red cat-bear, and bright panda. In fact, these bushy-tailed mammals are most closely related to raccoons and skunks. Red pandas live throughout the foothills of the Himalayas.
Lemurs are a type of primate—the order that includes monkeys, apes, and humans—found exclusively in Madagascar. One of the largest lemurs, red-ruffs have a dark face ringed by a halo of rust-colored fur, which hides their ears from view. These lemurs spend much of their time hanging upside-down, like fruit bats.