Dwarf mongoose

Say hello to Africa’s smallest carnivore.

It’s a mongoose…check; and it’s small…check.

It’s got the classic mongoose features like the large pointed head and tiny little limbs, the small rounded ears to a large slender tail. As it’s much smaller than most other mongoose species it’s instantly recognisable.

Found in large areas covering most of eastern and central Africa they like to live in termite mounds.

Unlike other mongoose species they tend not to stick together when threatened. In fact, quite the opposite – they run for cover and let out a warning cry.

You can find our dwarf mongoose inside the giraffe house in Giraffe Heights.

Dwarf mongoose questions and answers

What do mongoose eat?
Insects, spiders, snakes, lizards, scorpions and even small birds.

How big do dwarf mongoose grow?
Not very, as the name suggests. Anywhere between 18-28cm (7-11inches) in length and 210-350 grams (0.4-0.7lbs) in weight.

What predators do they have?
Mostly birds of prey and snakes.

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