Banded Mongoose

Habitat: Banded Mongoose (Mungos mungo) are commonly found in central and eastern parts of Africa. They mainly inhabit tropical grasslands.

Lifespan: The average lifespan for the Banded Mongoose in captivity is 12 years.

Diet: They are omnivores and will sniff and scratch around looking for food. They eat a range of different fruits, insects, small rodents and snakes.

Behaviour: Banded Mongoose are diurnal, which means that they are most active during the day. They live in packs and, as a community, will look after and care for the young, elderly and injured. The gestation period for a mongoose is 2 months, and the majority of females within the group will give birth on the same night. This means that the pups can be looked after by the whole group, and can feed from any lactating female. The pups stay in the den until they are around 1 month old.