Yellow mongoose (Cynictis penicillata)
Least Concern (LC)
Long slender body with tawny-yellow fur and a long, bushy, white-tipped tail. Relatively large rounded ears give the yellow mongoose a fox-like appearance.
||40-60cm total length
Primarily diurnal, they live in permanent burrows that it often shares with other species such as ground squirrels and meerkats. Male home ranges often overlap and are larger than female ranges, whose ranges do not overlap. They are a mostly quiet species but are known to have several different vocalizations from screams and growls and purring.
Yellow mongoose are a very social species who form colonies centred around a family group. These families are often composed of a male, a female, the youngest offspring, and others such as sub-adults and very old individuals.
|Number of offspring
||2-5 young born between October and January in southern areas, and up until March in northern areas.
Prefers semi-arid, open habitats such as grasslands and semi-desert scrub. They are almost entirely absent from open desert, forest, and mountainous habitats.
Insectivorous, but have a wide diet including birds, grass, seeds, rodents, and carrion.
Jackals, caracals, larger birds of prey, domestic animals and humans.
Yellow mongoose at Naankuse sites