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, literature and documentaries 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 combining both science and popular culture to help promote a more positive image of mustelids.

Promoting “uncharismatic minifauna”

When it comes to various types of media, mustelids are often unjustly villainized and overlooked in favour of more popular species. Mustelids are very unique, intelligent, adaptive, colourfully diverse creatures, and it’s a shame one often hears more about their scents, predatory diet habits, or fur value than beauty in life. Popularity doesn’t always 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Due to outdated myths surrounding their elusive nature, multiple common names, media sensationalism and caricatured features in classic media, mustelids tend to be both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, bears, rodents, reptiles and other unrelated animals, 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. Additionally, we want to help emphasize that despite shared common names and some mustelids looking similar in appearance, that doesn’t always mean they’re the same species, or even closely related.

It is unlikely that our efforts will change society’s perspective about mustelids anytime soon, but if we’re able to at least motivate people to reflect on common issues that are rarely discussed, we will consider that an achievement. 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. All team members are volunteers and work to provide content for this website when able.

Quick Updates

• The Otters of Yellowstone has been added to Documentaries under Otters.

• Giant Otters: Wolves of the River has been added to Documentaries under Otters.

Super Animal Royale has been added to Games under Contains Multiple Mustelids.

• I Mårskogen has been added to Educational & Nonfiction under Martens.

• The Tower: Night of the Waterbornes by Sarah Halswell has been added to Young Adult Literature under Ferrets & Polecats.

• The Secret Life of Phil: The Journey of an Endangered Black-Footed Ferret by Melissa Currier Marsted has been added to Children’s Literature under Ferrets & Polecats.

News & Updates

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

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.