Indian Crested Porcupine

Name: Hystrix Indica

Fact: The longest quills grow on the shoulders and can get up to 20 inches long.

Indian Crested Porcupine

Eurasian Lynx

Name: Lynx Lynx

Fact: During winter, their paws are covered with long, thick hair that helps their feet act like snowshoes to keep the lynx from sinking in while walking through snow.

Pallas Cat

Name: Otocolobus Manul

Fact: Their flat forehead and low ears allow them to peek over bushes and rocks without exposing themselves to their prey.

Fishing Cat

Name: Prionailurus Viverrinus

Fact: The fishing cat’s claws are non-retractable, a feature unique to itself, the cheetah and the Iriomote cat.

Red Wolf

Name: Canis Rufus

Fact: Red wolves have numerous ways of communicating with one another, including howling, scent marking, facial expressions and body postures.

Asian Small-Clawed Otter

Name: Aonyx Cinerea

Fact: Asian small-clawed otters have over a dozen different vocalizations, each with its own specific meaning.

Red Panda

Name: Ailurus Fulgens

Fact: The red panda, along with giant panda, has an extended wrist bone that sticks out and helps it grip bamboo stalks much like a thumb would.

Snow Leopard

Name: Panthera Uncia

Fact: Their long tails are used for balance but also double as blankets, covering more sensitive parts of their bodies against the cold mountain temperatures.

For more information about all of the animals in our collection, visit This companion website was created in 2016 and expanded in 2017 as Senior Projects for Conservation Biology at Virginia Tech.