Here you will discover a variety of content regarding one of the most diverse mammalian families on the planet—the family Mustelidae. Genuine Mustelids is a website for people who see more than “cute” or “vicious” in these animals—specifically, those who love seeing mustelids in media, but still value an adequate degree of anatomical detail, as well as factual information about the family that is neither sensationalistic nor romanticised. We provide facts about each living species, links to a large list of media, as well as honourable rescue and conservation organisations. In essence, we are a miniature online encyclopedia combining both science and popular culture to help promote a more insightful image of mustelids.

Promoting “uncharismatic minifauna”

When it comes to various types of media, mustelids are often demonised and overlooked in favour of more appealing species. Mustelids are feisty, resourceful, and fascinatingly complex creatures, and it is a shame we often fixate on their predation habits, odour, and fur value, instead of taking notice of their other traits or even vulnerabilities. Popularity does not necessarily mean better, and 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 urban legends surrounding their elusive nature, misleading common names, and their caricatured features in classic media, mustelids tend to be misidentified, misrepresented, and generally misunderstood across the board. To add to this confusion, they have often been compared to or vernacularly named after species of felines, canines, rodents, and other unrelated animals, rather than being recognised as their own elaborate yet independent family.

Genuine mustelids are far more diverse and complex than the legends, rumors, and memes that often precede them. We aspire to lessen common misunderstandings by providing facts about their true nature, appearance, and overlooked merits. Focusing on these essentials, we hope all our viewers leave having learnt something new about these commonly misunderstood animals. [Read more about our project…]

Quick Updates

• The Secret Life of the Pine Marten was added to Documentaries under Martens.

• Max was added to Mustelids in Animation  under Badgers.

• If You Take Away the Otter was added to Children’s Literature under Otters.

• How Weasels Got Skinny was added to Documentaries under Contains Multiple Mustelids.

• One-Eye was added to  Mustelids in Animation  under Weasels.

• Chungungo: a mentor’s tale was added to Documentaries under Otters.

• Seasons of the Otter was added to Documentaries under Otters.

News and Updates

A list of news and additions to our website for the current year.

Members’ 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.