Helogale parvula (Common dwarf mongoose) Helogale hirtula (Somali/Desert dwarf mongoose)
About 275 grams (1 pound)
20 to 30 centimeters long (8 to 12 inches)
No data for in the wild; up to 10 years in captivity
Forests, open woodlands, thickets, wooded savannahs, semi-arid areas. Wherever there are termites, rock outcroppings, or trees.
Average about 55 days
Birds of prey, snakes, jackals, and larger mongoose species.
Humans hunt mongooses.
In some regions of Africa, they are hunted for food. They are also often persecuted as a pest species because they are egg thieves in regions where their habitat is in close proximity to humans.
Our solution to protecting the dwarf mongoose:
African Wildlife Foundation brings together communities and private investors to construct conservation tourism lodges, like The Sanctuary at Ole Lentille, in Kenya. The lodge provides sustainable income for the community and the 20,000-acre conservancy is a safe home to mongooses and a variety of other wildlife.