Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

Dwarf Mongoose


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Helogale parvula
PROFILE:

Dwarf mongooses live in a complex social group that is led by a matriarch. She and her mate are the top-ranking pair in a colony. These social animals have a series of vocalizations that they use to communicate with each other, and they are known for cooperating not only with their family members, but with the Jackson’s hornbill! These birds have a symbiotic relationship with the mongoose; they help each other forage for food.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Mammal, Carnivore, Herpestidae (mongooses)
NATIVE TO:
southern and central Africa
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Least concern
DIET:
Insectivore, but also eats small vertebrates.
LIFESPAN:
Wild - up to 13 years; zoos - up to 18 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Social with complex groups
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