Javelina also known as collared peccary are the only native wild pig in North America. They live in family groups and are often seen at Quailway.
Bobcats are common in the area but secretive. At Quailway we've been fortunate to have a bobcat frequent the area. One year a female shared her family of three kittens.
Three kinds of deer are found in the Chiricahuas. The white-tailed and mule deer are common sights in the desert valley. The smaller Coues deer is frequently seen in the woodlands of the Chiricahuas.
Although considered common in the Chiricahua mountains the black bear is a rare sight.
Common but secretive the mountain lion is a rare sighting. Often it is a quick glimpse as they dart off in the distance.
Both the black-tailed jackrabbit and the desert cottontail are both abundant in the area.
Coatimundis usually live in groups of 10-20 individuals and are active during day light hours. The best chance to see one may be driving slowly along the mountain roads in the early evening.
Over 28 species of bats make their home in the Portal area. Nectar-feeding bats such as the long-nosed bat may be seen visiting the hummingbird feeders during the night.
The Chiricahua mountains are famed for one of the only areas were you can find all 4 species of skunks - the striped, hooded, hognose and spotted.
While relaxing in the covered seating area behind the cottage you will often hear the howls of a coyote group that pass through the property.
To have an opportunity to see a ringtail will require venturing out after dark. Carefully observe the tree canopies for a chance to glimpse one of these nocturnal creatures.
Badgers are a common resident around Quailway Cottage but rarely seen. One makes frequent visits to the pool where it is occasionally captured on the trail camera.
Although not common in this area you may be lucky to find the resident small herd in the vicinity of mile marker 390 on Highway 80 as you travel south towards Douglas.
An abundance of rodents live throughout the region. Rock squirrels are a common sight amongst the rocks in higher elevations while the banner-tailed and Ord's kangaroo rats are common inhabitants of the desert areas.
The sky islands have reported the only confirmed sightings of the jaguar. These magnificent animals are extremely rare in the region. Unverified sightings of the ocelot and jaguarundi have also occurred in the Chiricahua Mountains. To learn more visit The Northern Jaguar Project