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Class Mammalia contains a lot of the world's favorite megafauna--tigers, lions, wolves, elephants, zebras, dolphins, etc--so it's easy to see how "less charismatic" species get overlooked, not just in the public eye but in the scientific realm too.  Rodents and bats contribute to over half of all mammal species, but the majority of mammalogists work with carnivores or ungulates, particularly game species.  Here are some very cool mammal species that need more time in the public eye.  Some are common, some are rare, and some are near extinction, but all could use a bit more appreciation.

Out of the darkness by LunchiWary Wanderer by Nate-ZemanZorrillo pigmeo by bioimagen
Amazon River Dolphin (endangered), American Pika (least concern), Pygmy Spotted Skunk (vulnerable)
Colugo by NambrothGhost Bat by DangerousAngel84Painter Aye-aye by kyoht
Colugo (vulnerable), Ghost Bat (vulnerable), Aye-Aye (near threatened)
Lowland Streaked Tenrec by ALA1N-JNorthern Tamandua by OutOfSomewhereJaguarundi young lady 1 by Yupa
Lowland Streaked Tenrec (least concern), Northern Tamandua (least concern), Jaguarundi (least concern)
10 animals no 3 star nose mole by PyroDarknessANNYStraw-colored Fruit Bat II by hoboinaschoolbusinterested coati by DrezdanyIndonesia Stamp Set - Sumatran Rabbit by aconite-pawlove
Star-nosed Mole (least concern), Straw-colored Fruit Bat (near threatened), South American Coati (least concern), Sumatran Rabbit (vulnerable)
Cephalorhynchus hectori maui by odontoceteHairy-nosed Wombat by SeaffSaola by commander-salamander
Maui's Dolphin (critically endangered), Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat (critically endangered), Saola (critically endangered)
Please Sir May I Have More by Pale-RecluseMother and Child - Tapirs by Shadow-and-Flame-86
Zebra Duiker (vulnerable), Tree Pangolin (near threatened), Malayan Tapir (endangered)
Civet Cat by diegopooShy Little Potto and Katydid by Psithyrus:thumb69347348:Puzzle and friend by InsaneGelfling
Indian Civet (near threatened), Potto (least concern), Red Ruffed Lemur (critically endangered), Crested Black Macaque (critically endangered)
Curiosity by signed-silenceTree Shrew by JanelleKayHunter's Hartebeests by xDrakon
Emperor Tamarin (least concern), Common Treeshrew (least concern), Hirola (critically endangered)
Deer II by Sterre-SasjeEchidna by Andrew-PatsalouMy, What Eyes You Have... by Azerane
Pere David's Deer (extinct in the wild), Short-beaked Echidna (least concern), Binturong (vulnerable)

What's your favorite underappreciated mammal?
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GinnyW3 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
I love ring-tailed lemurs to death, but I'm not sure you'd call those "underappreciated." Still, "flying foxes" are another one of my favorites, ever since I read Stellaluna as a kid, and I like pygmy opossums and tapirs. :D
deathmango Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
I am a fan of the binturong. I hope to smell one someday.
Kjerya-Copenhapen Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Gotta say that mammals are some of my favourite kinds of animals. I love reindeer and wolverines, but I also kinda like bats, mountain goats and primates. And cetaceans are awesome too. I just love e'm all! :D
Deserti Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012   Digital Artist
My favorites are unfortunately extinct, but I love Barbourofelids and Nimravids. I don't know much about their behavior or ecology, but I find their anatomy, particularly their facial structure (genial flanges!) and convergence with sabre tooth cats very fascinating. There needs to be an Ice Age movie with a Barbourofelis as the protagonist, or something. Then maybe people will care!
Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great feature of these often side lined guys! Especially loving the Tenrec, ever since I read a book with a whole chapter about them I've been interested!
Canislupuscorax Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Based on the amount of attention they received at the recent NA Section of Society Conservation Biology conference, I'm not sure the American pika is all that under-appreciated.
Ciameth Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
True, but outside their range I haven't met too many members of the general public who know what a pika is--unlike racoon, or brown bear, or moose, which are more popular North American wildlife.
LycheexBee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That Binturong is so cute :heart: Actually, most of these animals are really interesting/nice to look at. It's an incredible shame how a majority of them are threatened D:
thanks for sharing these awesome animals' names <33
Magenta-Fantasies Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Among my mammal characters are a bat, echidna and tenrec. You don't see them too often. :)
katcount Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Thank you for this! I have been trying to remember the Pangolin's name for weeks!
My-Little-Artist Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Wonderful topic~ It's about time these guys got their own spotlight, and feature~
My favorite? Oh, gosh, given the fact that I love all creatures, save for most insects and other bugs, this is pretty difficult...
But I'd have to say my favorite would be either the Indian Civet or the Aye-Aye~ :love:
ShadiceMaple Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I Love All Animals, But if I Had To Choose My Favourite Three, They'd be: The American Pika, Maui's Dolphin and Emperor Tamarin :aww:
This is in No Order, Mainly Becuase I Can't Decide on Which I Love The Most :aww:
They Need To Be Much More Appreciated Then They Are Now
LadyKylin Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
I love cats, Jaguarundi rates high. Also the Echidna is awesome.
Kaykao Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Of the ones up here, I'd have to say the Colugo. Gliding animals just seem to catch my eye, for some reason. :)
Ciameth Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Any favorites that aren't on the list? I'd love some inspiration for a round two of Underappreciated Mammals.
Kaykao Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's always hard to pick, as there are so many unappreciated animals that aren't mammals... But I'd have to pick the Golden Lion Tamarin. They're ridiculously endangered; and yet I barely ever hear anyone mention them!

It's either that, or most any type of bat. It's hard to pick out any particular species; maybe the Spectral Bat?
TigerTang Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
I'd have to say the now extinct Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine
Lolkitteh98 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love all creatures, big and small. My favorite animal is the Clouded leopard, but that isn't on this list.
On here, my favorite is the Jaguarundi, however I do like the Emperor Tamarin too ^^
DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Marbled polecats are my favorite unappreciated mammal. They look like little clowns (not in a scary way lol).
XxmimixX2 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student General Artist
All of the critically endangered animals and endangered animals are my favorites ^^! And I hate when people say Pikachu is a mouse. Like seriously? He's a Pika DX.
ConstanceLirit Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Pikachu is a mouse ... All the pokemon are related to a type of animal, and in the databook on them, it says "Pikachu is a mouse pokemon" ... Any decent fan of the game knows that :|
dagoth-jeff Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
And any decent fan of that game DOESN'T GET LAID. EVER.
ConstanceLirit Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, where did that come from? :P
I just remember that little fact from playing the games when I was about 13 :P I haven't laid my eyes on it in almost 6 years :P
dagoth-jeff Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Aha! See, that's caled self improvement.
ConstanceLirit Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not really... It's called moving on from past preferences.
Like you will, when you stop watching your super food cartoons, start looking at real entertainment, and put a DA icon on your DA avatar that you actually made, and make your own original characters.
dagoth-jeff Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Meh, I dunno. If it's funny, there are elements that I can appreciate. I don't think my "original characters" would be cool enough for an avatar.
XSniffleAndSnuffleX Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maui's Dolphins are my favourite, as well as Saolas on this list xD
InView Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
I love tiny mammals ^.^ they are my favorite at times because of their size and the fact that people haven't heard of many of them.
I'm happy to see some of my favorites represented so beautifully :)
firemadge Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
PIKAS! Im so glad they finally got some credit. They are such cute things, and yet ninty five percent of people have no clue what they are!
whimsilli Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student General Artist
I love pikas! The animals that inspired Pikachu are so cute! The aye-aye, as creepy looking at they are, are pretty cool.

That tamarin has a nice mustache.
Hayden781 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I never knew bats were mammals... I love many of the animals up there though....

UmaNekoRyuu Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
I like ocelots and quaagas.
Redrock141 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tree Pangolins <3
vi0letdreamer Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Photographer
i like pygmy marmosets...
mystacinidae Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic idea, and good to see bats on there! They're definitely my favourites, hard to choose between them, but I have to say my favourite is the New Zealand short tailed bat (family Mystacinidae). Due to the lack of natural predators in NZ before man's arrival they have developed a unique physiology enabling them to be extremely agile on the earth as well as in air. Of course, this has made them endangered with the introduction of cats and other threats. Bats in general are definitely very underappreciated and very misunderstood.
I also have a soft spot for coatis after doing some behavioural studies on them as part of volunteer work at a local zoo :)
But, as a zoology student, I really love all of them :D
Ciameth Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a zoology student too (or was; just graduated) :) I love bats and think it's concerning how little the general public knows about them. They're one of the most numerous orders, but most people can name only "vampire bat" or maybe "fruit bat." The usual reaction to bat also seems to be "ew, gross," or "it will fly in my hair!" instead of "important pollinator" or "great insect control." With several bat species highly threatened by White Nose Syndrome in the United States and at risk of extinction, I wish there was more organizations could do to change negative perceptions/ignorance. Unfortunately, wildlife advocate groups tend to be underfunded.
Aelorn Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ghost bat!!! That thing looks so cute!
VeronaEspada Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student General Artist
I personally like the pika and the colugo. And the spotted skunk, that's cool too. And the potto just looks adorable... Ah~
Karolusdiversion Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
:clap: Congratulations,
you made ​​a great choice of works.
I love all animals, beautiful and ugly :)
RedVelvetEater Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Writer
My favorite under-appreciated mammal is the Gilbert's potoroo. Not only is it critically endangered, but it's so adorable too. :) [link]
Pilotslover Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh gosh, he's so cute.
Ciameth Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh, that's cool. I've never heard of a Gilbert's potoroo, now I need to go learn more about it!
spookykitty123 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow - I've never even heard of alot of these!
Personally, I adore both types of the dolphins, the Pygmy Spotted Skunk, the Jaguarundi and the Hirola. My favourite has to be that ghost bad though; he's stunning!

It's a real shame so many of these are so endangered. But, on a higher note, it's promising that a good few are least concern. Let's hope they stay that way!
kausa Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, really good post. I didn't even know some of these animals. Thanks for sharing. :huggle:
CrimsonShards Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Crested Black Macaque. More people should spread awairness about this stuff. I honor you for posting this. :)
Umbri-girl Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
must draw more echindas
Regolith247 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Nice! I like how you managed to get the Ghost Bat in there! Have you thought about using flying lemurs, like from Borneo? Or maybe Spectral Bats? Both are very unique (and little known) species.

Great journal!
Ciameth Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I could do a whole feature on bats or other flying mammals. It would be fun. I do love bats.
SoldierToger Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist
This is awesome C: Great job and great idea.
WanderingAlbatross Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool idea! I have to admit I'm extremely bored with all the big cats and wolves and bla bla bla on DD, so this is wonderfully refreshing. My favourites are the antelopes :)
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