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Illustrations of New or Rare Animals in the Zoological Society'S Living Collection1

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VII. 17. HARDWICKE'S CIVET-CAT (Hemigalea Hardwickii).—The Viverridas, or Civet-cats, form a well-marked family of carnivorous mammals peculiar to the tropics of the Old World, and mostly confined to Southern Asia and Africa, though one or two of them occur in the southern parts of Europe. One of the finest and largest of them is the True Civet-cat (Viverra civetta), from the anal glands of which the old-fashioned perfume known as civet is extracted, and the Genets, Ichneumons, and Mungooses are well-known members of the same family, examples of which are always to be seen in the Zoological Society's Collection.

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