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Yellow Mongoose

Yellow Mongoose

Yellow mongooses are members of the same family as meerkats, and are found in similar areas.

About yellow mongooses

Common NameYellow Mongoose
Scientific NameCynictis penicillata
Native toSouthern Africa, particularly Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe
Natural HabitatOpen grassland, scribland and arid savannas
DietMostly invertebrates but will also eat other animals and occasional vegetation
Life ExpectancyUp to 15 years in captivity
Conservation Status (IUCN)Least Concern (3.1)

About our yellow mongooses

We currently have one female yellow mongoose, who lives with our meerkat mob of 4.

How we care for our yellow mongoose

Our yellow mongoose is currently housed off show waiting for our exciting new meerkat enclosure. Once the meerkat enclosure is completed she will be heding out to live with the meerkat mob outside.

Our mongoose is fed a diet of invertebrates, fruit and vegetables and meat.

We enrich our mongoose's environment by offering live invertebrates, a variety of toys and other enrichment items.

How you can help mongooses in the wild

There are no major threats affecting wild yellow mongooses, but you can help to protect their natural habitat and ecosystem by:

  • supporting wildlife conservation in their natural habitat, including the support of national parks
  • supporting anti-poaching initatives
  • taking action against climate change which is making the Kalahari desert hotter and drier - you can do this by reducing your own energy consuption