Slender mongoose (Galerella sanguinea)
Least Concern (LC)
One of the smallest mongooses, it has short legs and a long, slim body. Body fur can be reddish, yellowish, or grey in colour, with a black or red tip to the long tail. The silky fur varies and often resembles the soil colour of their environments for camouflage.
||Male 500-800g, Female 370-560g
||50-65cm total length
Slender mongoose are expert climbers and is more arboreal than other mongoose, able to hunt birds in trees. They are primarily diurnal, but will hunt on warm nights with ample moonlight. They often live in overlapping territories with other related species. They are, however, less social than other mongoose species, and are often seen singly or in pairs. Both males and females have ranges, and will overlap between both sexes.
Occur singly or in pairs.
||October to April
||About 45-65 days
|Number of offspring
||1-3 offspring born in summer.
Slender mongoose inhabit a wide variety of biomes from open sand areas to low forest and thick scrub vegetation. They do, however, tend to avoid dense tropical forest.
Slender mongoose are opportunistic feeders preying largely on insects, but also lizards, snakes, rodents, birds, amphibians, and fruit.
Jackals, caracals, larger birds of prey, domestic animals and humans.
Slender mongoose at Naankuse sites