Welcome to Genuine Mustelids

Here you will discover an array of content regarding one of the oldest, species-rich families on the planet – the family Mustelidae. This is a website for people who love seeing mustelids in visual media, but still value an adequate degree of attention to detail when it comes to their anatomy; as well as some education about the family. We do not claim to be zoologists, but we do have a passion for depicting genuine mustelids! We provide brief information about each species, a large list of games and literature containing mustelids, drawing tutorials for artists (coming soon); as well as links to honorable mustelid rescue and conservation organizations. In essence, we are a miniature online encyclopedia helping to promote a more positive image of mustelids.

Promoting “Uncharismatic Minifauna”

When it comes to various types of media, mustelids are often unjustly overlooked in favour of more popular species. Mustelids are unique, colourful, diverse creatures, and it’s a shame one often hears more about their scents, predatory diet habits, and fur value than beauty in life. One of our many goals is to help bring attention to these underrated animals, and show they can be just as capable and captivating as the more familiar mammals in the order Carnivora.

Debunking Myths, While Encouraging a Broader Perspective

Due to outdated myths surrounding their elusive nature, sensationalism and caricatured features in classic media, mustelids tend to be both inaccurately depicted and generally misunderstood across the board. To add to this confusion, they are often arbitrarily compared to cats and other unrelated animals for simplified identification, rather than being viewed as their own complex, yet long-established family. On this site we believe it is possible to help lessen these misunderstandings by providing facts about their true nature, appearance, and awareness of their overlooked merits. Focusing on these essentials, we hope all our viewers leave having learned something new about mustelids. [Read more about us…]

This site is a large work in progress. You may find many images that have brief descriptions copied from Wikipedia. This is only temporary so the content is at least there, while we work to provide information of our own; as we realize Wikipedia is not always accurate. All team members are volunteers and work to provide content for this website when able.

Quick Updates

Badger’s Parting Gifts by Susan Varley has been added to Children’s Literature under Badgers.

Peach and Pun: The New Family Ferret by by Ashieda, illustrated by Amory Abbott has been added to Children’s Literature under Ferrets & Polecats.

• Makha, a History of the Life of a Little Weasel by Tatiana Varfolomeeva / Kamil Ziganshin has been added to Young Adult Literature under Weasels.

• Ereth’s Birthday (Poppy) by Avi has been added to Children’s Literature under Fishers.

News & Updates

A full list of recent news and additions to our website.

Photo Gallery

A gallery of mustelid photography taken by members of our team.

Obscure Mustelids in Media

For creators interested in mustelid species that rarely appear in art, literature, games or animation.