On this page you’ll discover all our Mammals, but first…
Interesting Facts about Mammals
You know ‘em; you love ‘em; you are one. But you might not know all mammals as well as you know yourself. So why not explore these fun mammal facts along with some arts and craft creations?
- There are lots of different kinds of mammals, and they exist in pretty much any environment on the earth. So what makes a mammal a mammal? Try sketching out each of these individual requirements and see if what you come up with looks like any mammal you’ve seen before:
- Mammals have hair, and they’re the only animals that do!
- Mammals have protective parents. Not everyone can have a stay-at-home mom or dad, but mammals aren’t as independent as quickly as other animals.
- Mammals nurse their young.
- Mammals have big brains-why else do you think the smartest animals like chimpanzees, dolphins, and pigs are all mammals?
- Mammals are warm-blooded (yup, even ocean dwelling mammals like whales)
- Mammals use limbs to move-flippers, legs, or even wings if you’re a bat.
- Kinds of mammals: since so many animals are mammals, they are other ways that scientists use to classify them like how their young are born. Some give live birth, others lay eggs, and some carry their young in a pouch.
- As part of a lesson on mammals you can challenge kids with how much they already know. Can they draw and name a mammal from each category? What are other ways can we group mammals? One example would be by what they eat (carnivore, herbivore, omnivore). Before you know it you’ll have a notebook full of drawings and different groups!
- What’s your favorite mammal? Art and education doesn’t have to be an impersonal collection of rote facts. Bring together a group of friends, or keep it in the family with mom, dad, the teens, and kids and have everyone design a poster with facts and figures about their favorite mammals. You’ll learn more about each other and the world in the process!
- Of the more than 4,200 species of mammals there sure are some weird behaviors and facts. Elephants display human behaviors like mourning and selflessness. Polar bears have black skin underneath all that white fur. Flamingoes are pink because of their shrimp heavy diet.
- Have a competition to see who can come up with the most random fact. Or sketch the fact out and see who can guess it. Just like the number of weird mammal facts, there’s no end to the games you can create!