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MammalMAP: Cape Grey mongoose
This widespread species has an elongated body with varying tints of grey to give it a grizzled appearance. Its small, round ears are situated on the sides of its long head that ends in a pointed muzzle. Its long, bushy tail is usually held parallel to the ground.
Cape grey mongoose is solitary and feeds predominantly on rodents and insects. Although, they do supplement their diet with birds, reptiles and other opportunistic prey items.
These mongooses are diurnal and only occasionally seen in pairs during mating season. They use ground holes made by other species as dens for their litter of 1 -3 young from August to December.
The IUCN Red List classifies Cape grey mongoose as a species of least concern in terms of conservation priorities. They have a wide habitat tolerance and are often seen along urban fringes. Chances are that if you haven’t seen a Cape grey mongoose before, you clearly need to get out more.