Dwarf mongoose mainly eat insects like locusts, beetles, spiders, termites, grubs and mealworms, but occasionally eat smaller mammals like mice!
They thrive in most parts of Africa, living in woodlands, grasslands and rocky outcrops.
Dwarf mongoose are the smallest of all African carnivores - this mighty little creature is born tiny and cute and grows to only around 12 inches!
These charming little creatures are full of activity and curiosity, just like their relatives, meerkats. And, also similar to meerkats, mongoose live in groups led by an al(p)h(a) f(e)m(a)le and her male partner.
The group has a social structure with each mongoose having an important role. One of the most important of these jobs is the lookout, who keeps a check on what’s going on around while the rest of his clan are up to their daily activities.
Each year the dominant pair of the group produce a litter of three or four young, which the rest of the group help to care for. They make short CHIRRUP sounds to communicate with each other and a loud alarm call to warn other when there’s a predator near. Listen hard and you might hear them!
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