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Common Genet
2007-01-21 19:15:17

The common genet (Genetta genetta), also known as the small-spotted genet or European Genet, is a carnivore mammal. It is related to civets and linsangs. The most far ranging of all the eleven species of genet, it can be found throughout Africa. It is found in parts of the Middle East, and in Europe in Spain, Portugal, the Balearic Islands, and parts of France. There are also small...

African Palm Civet
2007-01-19 20:43:00

The African Palm Civet (Nandinia binotata), also known as the Two-spotted Palm Civet, is a small mammal. It has short legs, small ears, a body resembling a cat, and a long tail as long as its body. Adults usually weigh 3.75 to 4.63 lb (1.70 to 2.10 kg). They are native to the forests of eastern Africa, where they usually inhabit trees. Their diet is omnivorous. Their diet includes rodents,...

Striped Hyena
2007-01-19 20:32:59

The striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena) is closely related to the brown hyena. It lives in northern Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan and western India. It is extinct in Europe, but can occasionally be spotted in Anatolia, Turkey. Striped hyenas are largely scavengers, but will also eat small animals, fruit and insects. They are nomadic, moving from water hole to water hole, but never straying more...

Brown Hyena
2007-01-19 20:27:56

The brown hyena (Parahyaena brunnea, formerly Hyaena brunnea) lives mainly in the Kalahari and Namib deserts of southern Africa. It is smaller than the spotted hyena, and unlike its spotted cousin, is largely a scavenger. It is the largest land animal to derive most of its diet from scavenging. Because of the scarcity of food in the desert, the brown hyena supplements its diet with fruit and...

Spotted Hyena
2007-01-19 20:15:46

The spotted hyena, or laughing hyena, (Crocuta crocuta) is the largest and best-known member of the hyena family. The spotted hyena ranges in size from 3.1 to 5 ft (95 to 150 cm) long along the head-and-body and stands from 2.5 to 3 ft (75 to 90 cm) at the shoulder. The normal weight range for the male is 100 to 132 lb (45 to 60 kg). The females normally weigh from 121 to 165 lb (55 to 75...

2007-01-19 20:10:28

The meerkat or suricate is a small mammal and a member of the mongoose family. It inhabits all parts of the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa. A group of meerkats is called a "mob" or "gang". Anatomy The meerkat is a small diurnal mongoose whose weight averages approximately 1.61 lb (731 g) for males and 1.58 lb (720 g) for females. Its long and slender body and limbs give it a body...

Banded Mongoose
2007-01-19 20:01:43

The banded mongoose (Mungos mungo) is a mongoose commonly found in the central and eastern parts of Africa. Physical characteristics The banded mongoose is a sturdy mongoose. It has large head, small ears, short, and muscular limbs. It has a long tail, almost as long as the rest of the body. Animals of wetter areas are larger and darker colored than animals of dryer regions. The...

Dwarf Mongoose
2007-01-19 19:32:36

The dwarf mongoose (Helogale parvula), sometimes-called common dwarf mongoose to distinguish it from the desert dwarf mongoose (H. hirtula) is a small African carnivore belonging to the mongoose family (Herpestidae). Physical characteristics The dwarf mongoose is a typical mongoose. It has a large pointed head, small ears, a long tail, short limbs, and long paws. The species can be...

Yellow Mongoose
2007-01-19 19:26:46

The yellow mongoose is a small mammal averaging about 1 lb (1/2 kg) in weight and about 20 in (500 mm) in length. A member of the mongoose family, it lives in open country. It resides from semi-desert scrubland to grasslands in Angola, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. There are as many as twelve subspecies of yellow mongoose. In general, the yellow mongoose has lighter...

Long-nosed Cusimanse
2007-01-19 19:21:25

Long-nosed cusimanse or common cusimanse (Crossarchus obscurus) is a small, diurnal member of the mongoose family. It is sometimes referred to as a dwarf mongoose. Description The long-nosed cusimanse has a vaguely weasel-shaped body with dark brown fur that is thick. It has a wiry texture down the back, and is fine and soft on the underside. It has short legs. It has a short,...