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Dwarf Mongoose

Helogale parvula

The dwarf mongoose is the smallest member of the order ‘Carnivora’ (the carnivores) to be found in Africa. There are 34 species of mongoose, all belonging to the family ‘Herpestidae’.

measurements

Measurements

Size: Head-body length - 24cm, Tail length - 19cm
Weight: 210-350g

habitat

Habitat

Dwarf mongooses are found in dry savannah and woodlands in southern and eastern Africa.

diet

Diet

They feed mainly on insects, grubs and spiders but will also eat small rodents, birds and eggs. They will often attack strategically in groups.

behaviour

Breeding

Mongooses live in groups of between 8 to 30 individuals. It is only the dominant male and female who breed. After a pregnancy of 11 weeks, a litter of 2 to 4 young are born.

threat

Conservation

The dwarf mongoose is not believed to be endangered as it has a large population, which appears to be stable.

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