Tallahassee Museum to Present “Tayras” as Summer Guest Animals

By: Tallahassee Museum Release
By: Tallahassee Museum Release

Tallahassee, Florida - June 14, 2011 -

In preparation for their summer visit, the Tallahassee Museum invites the local media to be among the first to get a sneak peek of the two Tayras (one male, one female) who will be the Museum’s Summer Guest Animals.

Come meet two visiting Tayras (Eira Barbara) and learn about their fascinating lives in Central and South America. As members of the Mustelidae family, they are cousins to otters, weasels, minks, skunks, ferrets, badgers, and wolverines. These animals are similar in form to otters, but have longer legs for roaming the forests of Mexico, Argentina, and the island of Trinidad. The mammals are excellent swimmers and climbers, and their diet usually consists of a wide variety of foods, from beetles and grubs, to bird eggs, small mammals, amphibians, as well as home gardens and orchards. Their appetite for fruits separates them from the rest of the Mustelidae family members.

The Tayras will be ready to meet Tallahassee Museum visitors on Thursday, June 23, 2011 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Visiting from Plant City’s Zooville, the animals will remain in Tallahassee until mid September.

The Museum's Guest Animal program brings wildlife from all over the world to Tallahassee. Visitors are able to compare and contrast the visiting animal and its natural environment to Tallahassee Museum’s native species and habitats. You can find two other species of Mustelids that live in our region: river otters and striped skunks, which are part of our permanent collection of native Florida wildlife here at the Museum.

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