Yellow mongoose (Cynictis penicillata)

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Yellow mongoose at burrow
IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern LEAST
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  • The yellow mongoose is endemic to and widely distributed throughout Southern Africa.
  • Mainly predating insects, the yellow mongoose will also hunt arachnids and vertebrates such as rodents and birds.
  • The yellow mongoose is the primary host for a strain of rabies endemic to South Africa.
  • Yellow mongooses are mostly diurnal and rest in burrows, often sharing these with ground squirrels and meerkats.
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Yellow mongoose description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderCarnivora
FamilyHerpestidae
GenusCynictis (1)

Information on the yellow mongoose (Cynictis penicillata) is being researched and written and will appear here shortly.

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Yellow mongoose status

The yellow mongoose is classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1).

IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern

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References

  1. IUCN Red List (April, 2012)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org
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Yellow mongoose at burrow  
Yellow mongoose at burrow

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