Dwarf mongoose in exhibit

Dwarf Mongoose

Scientific Name

Helogale parvula

Class

Mammalia

Order

Carnivora

Range

Eastern Africa, from Somalia to South Africa

Habitat

Savannas and grasslands

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
Dwarf mongoose in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern

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Physical Description

Dwarf mongooses are small burrowers that can reach up to 10 inches in length. They have brown fur, rounded ears, and a long tail. These mammals primarily eat insects, eggs, fruit, and small lizards. They are a highly social species, living in groups of up to 40 members. A dominant female is the highest-ranking member of each group, initiating movements between burrows and enjoying first access to food.

Interesting Fact 1

Dwarf mongooses often form mutualistic relationships with other species, such as hornbills that act as lookouts for shared preadtors.

Interesting Fact 2

The dominant female and her mate are typically the only members of each group to breed. Other adults help raise young by cleaning them, carrying them, and bringing them food.

Interesting Fact 3

These nomadic mongooses roam large areas and frequently switch to new termite mounds, which they use as dens.

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