MIXED-SPECIES EXHIBITS WITH CARNIVORANS VIII.
Mixed-species exhibits with Weasels and relatives (Mustelidae) and Skunks (Mephitidae).
As many articles and other publications deal with the subject of general advantages and disadvantages of the mixed-species exhibits, instead of this, here I will assemble a detailed list of mixed exhibits involving at least one member of Mustelidae and Mephitidae.
This document purposefully focuses on creating a list of mixed-species exhibits with Weasels and relatives and Skunks, for further and detailed information it is worth contacting the institutions mentioned below. Only a short summary of the general experiences is given here. Many of the listed coexistences are still ongoing at present; many of them are not anymore.
In the list below you can see which species have been kept in mixed exhibits in captivity:
Weasels and relatives, Mustelidae
- European Polecat, Mustela putorius Linnaeus, 1758
- Zorilla, Ictonyx striatus Perry, 1810
- European Mink, Mustela lutreola Linnaeus, 1761
- American Mink, Neovison vison Schreber, 1777
- European Pine Marten, Martes martes Linnaeus, 1758
- Tayra, Eira barbara Linnaeus, 1758
- Wolverine, Gulo gulo Linnaeus, 1758
- Eurasian Otter, Lutra lutra Linnaeus, 1758
- North American River Otter, Lontra canadensis Schreber, 1777
- Smooth-coated Otter, Lutrogale perspicillata I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1826
- Spotted-necked Otter, Hydrictis maculicollis Lichtenstein, 1835
- Asian Small-clawed Otter, Aonyx cinereus Illiger, 1815
- African Clawless Otter, Aonyx capensis Schinz, 1821
- Giant Otter, Pteronura brasiliensis Gmelin, 1788
- Sea Otter, Enhydra lutris Linnaeus, 1758
- European Badger, Meles meles Linnaeus, 1758
- Hog Badger, Arctonyx collaris F.G. Cuvier, 1825
- Large-toothed Ferret-badger, Melogale personata I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1831
- American Badger, Taxidea taxus Schreber, 1777
- Striped Skunk, Mephitis mephitis Schreber, 1776