The Dwarf Mongoose is native mainly to eastern Africa from Ethiopia to eastern South Africa, but also across to Angola. They have a greater immunity to venom than most other animals.
Like other mongooses, they are omnivores living in communal groups and sharing the tasks of sentry, baby-sitting and food gathering.
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.
Male and female have similar appearance. Fur can be red, yellowish, grey or dark brown.