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Unread postby Wild about cats » Mon Nov 26, 2007 3:06 pm

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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Re: Mongoose, Banded

Unread postby DuQues » Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:22 pm

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Unread postby Nannie » Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:17 am

The first offspring this year, not in the park,at home, but it's so cute.

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Unread postby G@mespotter » Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:37 am

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Saw these gorgeous creatures at Marakele this weekend. VERY entertaining beauties :D
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Unread postby Fanta » Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:57 am

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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Banded Mongoose in Kgalagadi

Unread postby lion queen » Fri Nov 09, 2012 8:29 am

We had a sighting of three banded mongooses on our resent trip to Kgalagadi. It was late one afternoon up between Grootkolk and Union End.

According to the Kgalagadi Info Guide it is a very rare sighting.

I would like to know when was the last time someone had a sighting and where.
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Re: Banded Mongoose in Kgalagadi

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Nov 12, 2012 1:06 pm

Lion Queen it must have been a very special sighting indeed :clap: :thumbs_up:

lion queen wrote:I would like to know when was the last time someone had a sighting and where.


It would be interesting to know whether other visitors have also seen them and as you said it is a very rare sighting 8) .

Sorry, I cannot assist because I have not seen them there :(
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Re: Banded Mongoose in Kgalagadi

Unread postby Jo » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:07 am

Interesting! Sorry LS...never seen banded mongoose in KTP - golden & slender mongooses, yes...banded, no. Let's see what others say!

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Re: Mongoose, Banded

Unread postby RosemaryH » Wed Mar 11, 2015 1:56 pm

Great picture DotDan :thumbs_up:

I saw the smallest one ever in Skukuza this past weekend. So sorry I wasn't carrying the camera at the time :evil: but, when I figure how to transfer pics from my phone to my computer :redface: :whistle: I will post a picture of it.
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Unread postby RosemaryH » Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:17 am

Here we go :D
So tiny and so stressed and desperate for mum to fetch it which she did the moment we walked away :D

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Re: Mammal ID Needed?

Unread postby Garyd73 » Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:12 pm

Can anyone help us out with this at all please. Initially when we were there we were told they are Black Footed Cats since I have checked them online when getting back I'm not sure. They were a long way off and spotted at a water source at the eastern end of the S100 at the beginning of April.

Looking at the pictures now the stripes look a little like banded Mongoose but these were huge animals compared to a Mongoose.

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Re: Mammal ID Needed?

Unread postby onewithnature » Mon Apr 27, 2015 4:05 pm

Banded mongooses. They are often larger than expected (many people think mongooses are rat-sized, which some are), but their bandings and mongoose faces are unmistakable.
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