Area of zoo
Orange zone
Enclosure status
Population in the wild
Open grasslands and savannas
IUCN status
Least Concern
Scientific name
Cynictis penicillata
Southern Africa
Open grasslands and savannas

Yellow mongoose facts

  • They live in groups of up to 20 individuals and can often be found cohabiting with meerkats and ground squirrels.
  • Yellow mongoose mate in the summer months, between July and September.
  • They have five digits on their front feet and four on their hind feet.

What do yellow mongooses look like?

This species can vary in colour from a reddish-yellow to light brown, with their undersides and faces tending to be lighter. They have a distinctive white tip at the end of their long tales and rounded short ears.

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Yellow mongoose at London Zoo

What do yellow mongooses eat?

Their diet mainly consists of insects such as ants, beetles, termites and locusts. They have also been known to eat larger prey such as lizards, frogs, birds and eggs.

Where do yellow mongooses live?

Yellow mongoose can be found throughout southern Africa in places such as Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and Angola.

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Yellow mongoose threats

Hunting and trapping.

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