If you remember elementary school science, you know that mammals are warm-blooded vertebrates that have fur or hair, breathe with lungs, and give birth to live young that they nurse. There are more than 5,000 species of mammal in the world, but fewer than 40 commonly found in Westchester County.
Some mammals–such as bears, bats and some rodents–hibernate in the winter, but many can be seen throughout the year.
Species of Rodents, Shrews & Moles
Species of Opossum, Skunks, Raccoons and Rabbits
Species of Predators
Species of Bats
Resources, Events & Ideas
- For help with mammal identification, check out NY Falls or the Department of Environmental Conservation.
- Like brackets or “Who would win” books? Try March Mammal Madness!
- Though wolves may have been extirpated from New York a hundred years ago, you can participate in programs at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem to learn about them and see their ambassador wolves in person.
- Learn more about the only flying mammals with Science Friday’s Batty Science videos and articles.
- Embrace the opossum! They make look a bit strange but our only marsupial is great at pest control–they eat ticks!
- Explore the world of North America’s largest rodent with the Beaver Institute.