Dwarf Mongoose Trio

September 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

We are delighted that our group of dwarf mongoose grew by three recently, after Elvina and Elmo successfully bred. They had only arrived along with another male dwarf mongoose, Ernie, at the beginning of the year and we thought it would take them a little longer to settle in, so it was a nice surprise.

The three kits are now just over two months old, so it will be a little while before we can sex and name them. However they are keeping mum and dad on their toes exploring the different tunnels and logs around their enclosure.

These playful and curious characters are very social animals that can live in groups of between two and 20. In the wild dwarf mongoose can be found inhabiting the dry grassland and bush lands of Africa. Small by name and small by size, these little creatures are usually around seven to eleven inches in length and are Africa’s smallest carnivore, as well as the smallest of the mongoose species.

The whole family can often be spotted tucked up sound asleep near the front of their enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo to the right of the sun bears. Make sure you stop by on your next visit


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