Dwarf mongoose in exhibit

Dwarf Mongoose

Scientific Name
Helogale parvula
Eastern Africa, from Somalia to South Africa
Savannas and grasslands
Estimated Wild Population
Dwarf mongoose in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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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.

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

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.

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

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