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 Post subject: Mongoose, Banded
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 6:37 am 
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Saw them often in Skukuza camping area.

the one in the photo I had posted was the cause for some adrenaline pumping stuff. :lol:

We were only 20 meters away from 4 white rhino when he decided to go mad and scream alarm calls. The rhinos ran off, but as we all know thats when they can get very dangerous as the ran a half circle and then all of a sudden can come straight towards you... Luckily for us we were able to continue the bushman's trail without having to plug a rhino horn hole. :lol:

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Banded Mongoose Mungos Mungo

Mass: M: 1-2kg. F: 1-2kg.
Life span: About 12 years.
Predators: Main predators are snakes and birds of prey.
Spoor: Front and hind paws measure 3cm.
Calls: Contact calls include twitters. Alarm calls include chatters and chirps.

Description
They have 12 transverse bands on the back, the stiff, long fur being grey-brown. The tail tip and paws are black.

Behaviour
Dirunal species which forms packs of 5-40 members with about 3-4 breeding pairs and their offspring. They mark territories with cheek gland secretions, whitish anal gland secretions and with communal dung and urine middens.

Reproduction
Breed all year. Females in the pack tend to synchronise breeding. 1-5 cubs are born after a gestation period of 60 days, weighing 60g each. They are born in a shelter. They are blind at birth and barely furred, eyes opening at 8-10 days. At 6 weeks, adult colouration is attained.

Diet
Carnivorous. Feed mainly on insects. Also taking rodents, lizards, snakes, toads, spiders, scorpions, eggs, fruit, centipides and birds. Water independant.

Habitat
Woodland savanna and with adequate cover.

Source : A field guide to the mammals of the Kruger National Park by Hieke Schutze.

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 Post subject: Re: Mongoose, Banded
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The first offspring this year, not in the park,at home, but it's so cute.

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Saw these gorgeous creatures at Marakele this weekend. VERY entertaining beauties :D

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I have had the honour of raising two babies last year December at the wildlife rehabilitation centre I volunteer at. They are quite interesting animals with the chrips and "mongoose talk".

I can tell you for the orphaned mongooses they became wild on their own and their instincts well intact. We had to place an injured Long Crested Eagle in a holding cage in the same room as our mongoose cage. The mongooses could not see the eagle (as its cage was covered to minimize stress) but they knew it was there and was in hiding all the time it was there. Also to see how well develop their instincts are was to give them a chicken egg to see if they know how to break it open and the bigger ones knew (they roll it with their front paws backwards to a hard surface like a rock and then "throw" it so that it breaks open) and of course the little ones kept an close eye on it.

The last time I saw a family of Banned Mongooses was up at the Phalaborwa gate area when I was last in Kruger.

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