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Banded Mongoose
2007-01-19 20:01:43

The banded mongoose (Mungos mungo) is a mongoose commonly found in the central and eastern parts of Africa. Physical characteristics The banded mongoose is a sturdy mongoose. It has large head, small ears, short, and muscular limbs. It has a long tail, almost as long as the rest of the body. Animals of wetter areas are larger and darker colored than animals of dryer regions. The...

Dwarf Mongoose
2007-01-19 19:32:36

The dwarf mongoose (Helogale parvula), sometimes-called common dwarf mongoose to distinguish it from the desert dwarf mongoose (H. hirtula) is a small African carnivore belonging to the mongoose family (Herpestidae). Physical characteristics The dwarf mongoose is a typical mongoose. It has a large pointed head, small ears, a long tail, short limbs, and long paws. The species can be...

Yellow Mongoose
2007-01-19 19:26:46

The yellow mongoose is a small mammal averaging about 1 lb (1/2 kg) in weight and about 20 in (500 mm) in length. A member of the mongoose family, it lives in open country. It resides from semi-desert scrubland to grasslands in Angola, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. There are as many as twelve subspecies of yellow mongoose. In general, the yellow mongoose has lighter...

Long-nosed Cusimanse
2007-01-19 19:21:25

Long-nosed cusimanse or common cusimanse (Crossarchus obscurus) is a small, diurnal member of the mongoose family. It is sometimes referred to as a dwarf mongoose. Description The long-nosed cusimanse has a vaguely weasel-shaped body with dark brown fur that is thick. It has a wiry texture down the back, and is fine and soft on the underside. It has short legs. It has a short,...

Caracal
2007-01-19 12:11:22

The caracal, also called Persian lynx or African lynx (Caracal caracal, sometimes Felis caracal), is a fiercely territorial medium-sized cat. Caracals are labeled as small cats. They are amongst the heaviest of all small cats, as well as the fastest. Males typically weigh about 28 to 40 lbs (13-18 kg), while females are smaller. The caracal resembles a lynx and for a long time it was...

Four-toed hedgehog
2007-01-02 11:19:08

The four-toed hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris), or African pygmy hedgehog, is a small species of hedgehog. It is found throughout much of the south-Saharan African countries, from Senegal and Mauritania in the west, to Sudan in the east. It has been recorded as far south as Zambia. Populations tend to be scattered between suitable savannah or cropland habitats, avoiding forested areas. The...

Gelada Baboon
2007-01-01 18:37:44

The Gelada (Theropithecus gelada) is a species of Old World monkey, found only in the Ethiopian Highlands of Ethiopia and Eritrea. It has large populations in the Semien Mountains. Like its close relative, the baboon, it stays on land and spends its time foraging in grasslands. Gelada can be distinguished from baboons by the bright patch of skin on its chest. The patch is hourglass-shaped. On...

Chacma Baboon
2007-01-01 18:34:15

The Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) is from the Old World monkey family. It has a body length of up to 45.28 in (115 cm) and a weight from 33.07 to 68.34 lb (15 to 31 kg). It is the largest and heaviest baboon species. It has dark-brown or grey hair with a long snout. Unlike other baboons, the males do not have a mane. Its range is southern Africa and extends south of Angola, Zambia and...

Yellow Baboon
2007-01-01 16:39:37

The yellow baboon (Papio cynocephalus) is a baboon from the Old World monkey family. It has a slim body with long arms and legs and a yellowish-brown hair. It resembles the chacma baboon but is smaller. Its muzzle is not as elongated. The hairless face is black, framed with white sideburns. Males can grow to about 33.07 in (84 cm), females to about 23.62 in (60 cm). It has a long tail that...

Olive Baboon
2007-01-01 16:37:59

The olive baboon (Papio anubis), also called the Anubis baboon, is a baboon from the Old World monkey family. Its name comes from the Egyptian god Anubis. The olive baboon has the largest range area of all baboons, extending south from Mali to Ethiopia and to Tanzania. Isolated populations are also in some mountainous regions of the Sahara. It inhabits savannahs, steppes and forest areas....

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'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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