Overview

Distribution

Range Description

Endemic to central Africa, where confined to rainforest in DR Congo limited in the north by the Ubangi R. and in the south by the Kasai R.; also present in western Uganda. A disjunct population lives on the slopes (between 1,500 and 2,900 m asl) of Mt. Elgon, Uganda (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press). May occur in south-western Central African Republic (Ray 2001).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Inhabits lowland and montane rainforest. Commonly found near villages in the Ituri Forest (Ray, in Van Rompaey and Colyn in press).

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Van Rompaey, H. & Hoffmann, M.

Reviewer/s
Duckworth, J.W. (Small Carnivore Red List Authority) and Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)

Contributor/s

Justification
Listed as Least Concern as the species is widespread and apparently common in an area of relatively intact habitat, and there are no major threats (although the species is probably declining due to hunting and habitat loss).

History
  • 1996
    Lower Risk/least concern
    (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)
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Population

Population
Although there is no direct information on abundance, they are common in bushmeat markets in north-eastern DR Congo (Colyn et al. 1987) suggesting that they are widespread and abundant in this region. In the Ituri Forest, Bambuti pygmies captured this species with greater frequency than other carnivores (Hart and Timm 1978).

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no major threats, but numbers are probably declining due to habitat loss and bushmeat hunting (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press). The Mt. Elgon population also may be threatened by hunting and habitat degradation (Kingdon 1997).
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species is present in several protected areas, although the degree of protection varies.
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