Mongoose is an extremely sociable animal: they live in colonies of up
to 20 but also happily co-exist in underground warrens with ground squirrels
or suricates. If more than one species share a burrow system, they will
all help maintain the warren, adding extensions that suit their particular
needs, and the warren could end up having as many as 100 entrances.
They are mainly diurnal, although some nocturnal activity has been recorded.
Insects form the major part of the yellow mongooses diet, but they also
eat mice, as well as birds and birds' eggs.
Predators of the yellow
mongoose are birds of prey, snakes and jackals. Members of these species
don't all look alike: in the warmer north, the yellow mongooses are
grey and have shorter hair and tails, and smaller bodies, than their
southern counterparts. The northern form also lack the white tip to
the tail. Usually two young are born, in clean chambers of the burrow
system, with no bedding material.
More facts about Yellow Mongooses
WHERE FOUND: Kalahari
Gemsbok National Park
Mountain Zebra National Park
Karoo National Park
Bontebok National Park