Mammalogy Order Carnivora (meat-eaters)

Graduation Requirements
Science Biological
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No special equipment or materials are required


Orders of the toe-footed creatures that depend on meat.

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Order Carnivora (meat-eating)

There are two suborders of these toe-footed creatures. They include the Canidae (wolves, dogs, jackals, foxes), Ursidae (bears, giant pandas), Procyonidae (coatis, raccoons, lesser pandas), and Mustelidae (martens, weasels, skunks, otters), all part of one superfamily that is characterized by long snouts and unretractable claws; and Felidae (cats, lions, cheetahs, leopards) Hyaenidae (hyenas), and Viverridae (mongooses, civets), all of which have retractable claws. There are between 240-270 recognized species in this order, depending on the source. Some of these species have so little information on them that they are discarded by some sources. The carnivores consist of between 7-12 living families (based on source) in two superfamilies, Canoidea (or Arctoidea), the dog-like carnivores, and Feloidea (or Aeluroidea), the cat-like carnivores. 


Type basic types of feeding methods: omnivorous, carnivorous, and herbivorous

Each individual group has a very specific tooth type and arrangement: 

Carnivores have long, sharp teeth adapted to ripping, tearing or cutting flesh. While many also possess a few molars in the back of their mouths and sharp incisors in the front, the most important teeth for carnivores are their long, sharp canine teeth.

skull pic


Develop a power point that can serve as educational signage at a zoo for 25 individual species of Order Carnivora. Identify a least 3 species from each continent.

common name

genus species

home range

continent, country, and biome

interesting facts 

Visit the American Zoological Association (AZA) website and locate the "Care Manual" for the Procyonidae (coatis, raccoons, lesser pandas) family. List the basic food requirements. 

Visit a zoological park, photograph and identify 10 members of the Order Artiodactyla

Please develop and submit a presentation demonstrating your understanding of the order of Artiodactyla. Please include the above "prompts" in your presentation.