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 helping to 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Due to outdated myths surrounding their elusive nature, oversimplified terminologies, media sensationalism and caricatured features in classic media, mustelids tend to be both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, rodents, reptiles and other unrelated animals, rather than being viewed as their own complex, yet long-established family. While some animal comparisons and terminologies such as “cat snake” or “water weasel” may sound innocently cute or entertaining, they often unintentionally create a lot of misconceptions in the long run. 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 some mustelids looking similar in appearance, that doesn’t always mean they’re the same species, or even closely related.
Even if our efforts are unsuccessful in changing society’s perspective about mustelids, 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. 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. We are in the progress of referencing the information we include in our Species of Mustelids pages. All team members are volunteers and work to provide content for this website when able.
• Lesser Spotted Animals by Martin Brown has been added to Educational & Nonfiction under Contains Multiple Mustelids.
• Iron Ferret has been added to Games under Ferrets & Polecats.
• Yōdanji has been added to Games under Weasels.
• Scorch has been added to List of Mustelids in Animation under Ferrets & Polecats.
• Weasels: Feisty and Fearless has been added to Documentaries under Weasels.