Slender Mongoose - did you know
- are found almost everywhere in Southern Africa wherever they can find suitable cover and food
- are diurnal but can also be active on warm moonlit nights.
- has a black or reddish-black tipped tail
- is one of the smallest mongooses.
- is usually solitary and lives in overlapping home ranges. Ranges of males overlap with those of females.
- Males do not help in raising the young. Young are fully weaned between 7-9 weeks and become independent at about 10 weeks.
watch a recording of Slender Mongoose at the Nkorho waterhole
- is an opportunistic omnivore and will hunt insects, rodents, lizards, will also eat fruit and berries.
- is more arboreal than other mongooses and can hunt birds in trees and is even capable of killing large venomous snakes.
- Stands up to scan the environment for danger and food.
- when runs for cover, holds its body flat and tail horizontal, when reached cover it will flick its tail up vertically.
- Uses hollow trees, burrows and holes for shelter.
Wild Ways – Peter Apps
Beat about the Bush – Trevor Carnaby
Safari Companion - Richard D. Estes
Behaviour guide to African mammals - Richard D. Estes
Kingdon Field Guide to African mammals - Jonathan Kingdon