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Yellow Mongoose

Fact File

Class: Mammal
Order: Carnivore
Family: Mongoose
Found: Africa
Size: 60cm
Weight: 700g


Diet: Insectivorous Carnivores (Mainly eats insects)
Gestation: 60 days


Conservation Status: LC

Yellow Mongoose

Cynictis penicilliata

Habitats: They live in areas of dry open country, such as grasslands and scrub lands. They avoid mountainous, forested and desert habitat

Threats: Although Yellow Mongoose is friends to humans by controlling insect and rodent populations they are considered to be rabies carriers.  Many farmers worried for their livestock seal burrows and pump in toxic gas to kill the mongoose and protect their livestock from possible infection.

Social Behaviour: Yellow Mongoose are social animals living in groups from 5 to 20 individuals.  Yellow Mongoose builds and inhabits complex permanent burrows which they may share with meerkats and ground squirrels during times when food is plentiful.

Food: The yellow mongoose is primarily a insectivorous carnivore, though they routinely take advantage of various other food sources. Feeds primarily on insects and other small invertebrates. They will also eat lizards, snakes, birds, turtle and bird eggs, and small rodents.

Information: Diurnal (active during the day), though they have been seen outside of their burrows at night.

Range: The yellow mongoose is endemic to and widely distributed throughout Southern Africa, with high populations in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Conservation:  These animals come from Africa; Our conservation charity The Wildlife Protection Foundation funds the “ASGN” (Association to safeguard the giraffes of Niger) working in West Africa with local communities to protect the giraffes and their habitat. To find out more go to http://www.wildlifeprotection.info