Angolan Slender Mongoose, Galerella flavescens

The Angolan slender mongoose (Galerella flavescens) is native to southern Africa, specifically in Namibia and Angola. It prefers a habitat within arid savannahs in Namibia, preferring areas with little vegetation, but its preferred habitat in Angola is unknown. It is thought that population numbers are high within its range, although little is known about the species’ habits. This species is slender in appearance and has 38 teeth. These teeth grow in at about twenty-four weeks of age. Young are weaned at around ten weeks of age. Because it is dark in color, it is sometimes confused with the dwarf mongoose, which shares part of its range. It is thought that there are no major threats to this species, and it occurs in some protected areas including Etosha and Skeleton Coast National Parks. Despite this, more information is needed in order to properly classify this species. Currently, the Angolan slender mongoose appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: An Angolan Slender Mongoose at Okaukuejo waterhole, Etosha National Park, Namibia. Credit: Hans Hillewaert/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)