Dwarf Mongoose Helogale parvula

Dwarf Mongoose
Dwarf Mongoose
The Dwarf Mongoose is native mainly to eastern Africa from Ethiopia to eastern South Africa, but also across to Angola.
Dwarf Mongoose
Dwarf Mongoose
Dwarf Mongoose
They are Africa's smallest carnivore and have a greater immunity to venom than most other animals.
Dwarf Mongoose
Dwarf Mongoose
Dwarf Mongoose
Like other mongooses, they live in communal groups sharing the tasks of sentry, baby-sitting and food gathering (the last being mainly insects, eggs and small rodents with some fruit).
Dwarf Mongoose
Dwarf Mongoose
Dwarf Mongoose
Dwarf Mongooses have a social hierarchy with colonies of around a dozen or two being lead by the eldest female who has priority over food and mating; her mate is second in rank.
Dwarf Mongoose
Dwarf Mongoose
Dwarf Mongooses
Male and female have similar appearance. Fur can be red, yellowish, grey or dark brown. They often forage with hornbills, the mongooses and hornbills providing each other with extra look outs for danger or food.