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This slender animal has a head and body length of approximately 50 cm (20 in) whilst its tail makes up a further 40 cm (16 in).
Distribution and habitat
Ecology and behavior
Whilst this carnivore is an excellent hunter they have also on occasion been seen to scavenge for food, with this behavior not being limited to carcasses but also including fruits and food taken from human housing.
This fairly solitary species is very adept at climbing.
In the wild this species covers a relatively wide range through much of West Africa, and can be found in a variety of habitats. Due to their ability to adapt it is currently classed as Least Concern on the IUCN redlist, however there are concerns that this may change in the future due to continued hunting by humans (turning up occasionally in bush meat markets).
This species is kept in captivity, and has in some cases been kept in the exotic pet trade. Their relatively small size and beautiful looks make them a popular animal to observe in a captive setting, however in zoos it is currently only found in the Wingham Wildlife Park in the UK.
- Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M., eds. (2005). "Genetta pardina". Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
- Gaubert, P. & Dunham, A. (2008). Genetta pardina. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 8 June 2010. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern
- "Wingham Wildlife Park Animal A - Z Pardine Genet". Wingham Wildlife Park. Retrieved 2014-09-07.
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