Slender mongoose (Galerella sanguinea)

Conservation Status

Least Concern (LC)

Physical Description

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.
Weight Male 500-800g, Female 370-560g
Size 50-65cm total length
Lifespan (wild) Unknown
Lifespan (captivity) 12 years


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.

Social and Reproduction

Occur singly or in pairs.

Mating System Polygamy (Polgyny)
Breeding interval Unknown
Breeding season October to April
Gestation About 45-65 days
Number of offspring 1-3 offspring born in summer.

Habitat and Food


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.

Conservation Challenges

They often fall victim to house pets and vehicle traffic. It is believed that they are a carrier of rabies and will occasionally raid small livestock such as poultry.

Naankuse Solutions

: Orphaned or injured animals are taken in and rehabilitated for release.


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