Mammals

Canis latrans - Coyote

Almost 50 mammal species call the campus home, thanks largely to the range of habitats found on campus and the protection afforded by the Campus Natural Reserve. Some, like the black-tailed deer, are easy to observe, while others, like bats, shrews, and woodrats, are rarely seen. Mammals can be observed indirectly, though, by looking for scat (poop), footprints, trails, burrows, and nests. If you find an area that seems to have a lot of these signs, come back at dawn or dusk, sit still, and watch. When you see an unfamiliar mammal, look closely at markings on the face and legs and the length of the tail – these traits will often help you identify it later.

UCSC/UC Natural Reserve Resources

Resource partitioning between Monterey dusky-footed woodrats (Neotoma fuscipes luciana) and brush rabbits (Sylvilagus bachmani) in maritime chaparral habitat

UCSC undergraduate Gozong Lor tested whether two species of small mammal competed over an abundant resource at Fort Ord Natural Reserve for her senior thesis project in Spring 2019. 

General Resources

American Society of Mammalogists

Home of the Journal of Mammalogy, and the Mammalian Species database. These are great peer-reviewed resources to use as references. Also learn about Mammalogy careers and grants.


National Geographic: Animals

Website by Publishers of the world famous magazine, chock full of amazing animal photographs, videos, and articles.


Mammalian Species accounts

This site lists nearly every mammalian species. Click on a name to view the original description of each species when they were first officially named.


Mammal Species of the World

Explore a checklist of mammals throughout the world by clicking through order, family, genus, and species.


Animal Diversity Web

Discover the general inner-workings of what makes mammals what they are and learn about the diversity of behavioral adaptations they have.


Smithsonian - National Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian online resource to making field guides for mammals and for viewing skulls of various mammals.


Key Guide to Mammals Skulls and Lower Jaws

A key to help identify wild and domestic animals in the United States based on the skull.