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Common kusimanse, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands Our reason for attending this small zoo was the birth of 12 Dhole cubs, a threatened mammal in the wild:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61598/dhole_-_adult_chasing_zie-zoo_netherlands.html" title="Dhole - adult chasing, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/61598_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1645660810&Signature=g26NVI5xj7%2FI4n7IelQ67UaOgNU%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Dhole - adult chasing, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands Our reason for visiting this small zoo was a small headline in the national news that reported a whopping 12 Dhole cubs born. This species is endangered in the wild, with a population estimated below 2,500. This zoo participates in a conservation effort to save the species.<br />
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As luck would have it, the guy on his way to feed them was walking right next to us. So he lured us in, explained best viewing points, and behavior. I hope you like Dholes, because I&#039;m going to share a lot of them :)<br />
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Some behaviors shown in the set: cubs, individual adults chasing food, adult dominant and submissive behavior, and cubs eating from the parent&#039;s mouth.<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61596/dhole_cub_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61599/dhole_-_adult_chasing_closeup_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61600/dhole_-_submissive_adult_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61602/dhole_-_couple_sharing_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61603/dhole_-_adult_before_jump_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61604/dhole_-_adult_with_cub_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61605/dhole_-_adult_portrait_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61606/dhole_-_adult_scream_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61607/dhole_-_adult_portrait_ii_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61609/dhole_-_couple_sharing_ii_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61610/dhole_-_adult_on_the_move_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61611/dhole_-_cub_eating_from_parents_mouth_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61612/dhole_-_adult_portrait_iii_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61613/dhole_-_cub_eating_from_parents_mouth_ii_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
 Cuon alpinus,Dhole,Europe,Netherlands,Volkel,World,Zie-Zoo,Zoo" /></a></figure><br />
However, I was personally much more impressed with this mammal. I had never heard of it. Which is not entirely surprising, because it is the only mongoose species to have rain-forests as its main habitat. Specifically, the rain-forests of west Africa, a geography that is quite underrepresented on most wildlife observation platforms. So the odds of ever getting a wild observation is quite low.<br />
<br />
As it&#039;s an obscure animal, translating some information from the (dutch )plate:<br />
- Habitat: rain forest of west Africa<br />
- Length: 45-55cm<br />
- Weight: 1-1.5kg<br />
- Diet: insects, crabs, reptiles, larvae, berries, fruits<br />
- Life span: 9 years<br />
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The &quot;did you know?&quot; section:<br />
- Only mongoose species to live in rain-forests<br />
- Regularly attack animals far larger than their own size<br />
- Highly social animals that live in groups 10-30. Common kusimanse,Crossarchus obscurus,Europe,Netherlands,Volkel,World,Zie-Zoo,Zoo Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Common kusimanse, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands

Our reason for attending this small zoo was the birth of 12 Dhole cubs, a threatened mammal in the wild:

Dhole - adult chasing, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands Our reason for visiting this small zoo was a small headline in the national news that reported a whopping 12 Dhole cubs born. This species is endangered in the wild, with a population estimated below 2,500. This zoo participates in a conservation effort to save the species.<br />
<br />
As luck would have it, the guy on his way to feed them was walking right next to us. So he lured us in, explained best viewing points, and behavior. I hope you like Dholes, because I'm going to share a lot of them :)<br />
<br />
Some behaviors shown in the set: cubs, individual adults chasing food, adult dominant and submissive behavior, and cubs eating from the parent's mouth.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61596/dhole_cub_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61599/dhole_-_adult_chasing_closeup_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61600/dhole_-_submissive_adult_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61602/dhole_-_couple_sharing_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61603/dhole_-_adult_before_jump_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61604/dhole_-_adult_with_cub_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61605/dhole_-_adult_portrait_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61606/dhole_-_adult_scream_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61607/dhole_-_adult_portrait_ii_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61609/dhole_-_couple_sharing_ii_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61610/dhole_-_adult_on_the_move_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61611/dhole_-_cub_eating_from_parents_mouth_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61612/dhole_-_adult_portrait_iii_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61613/dhole_-_cub_eating_from_parents_mouth_ii_zie-zoo_netherlands.html<br />
 Cuon alpinus,Dhole,Europe,Netherlands,Volkel,World,Zie-Zoo,Zoo

However, I was personally much more impressed with this mammal. I had never heard of it. Which is not entirely surprising, because it is the only mongoose species to have rain-forests as its main habitat. Specifically, the rain-forests of west Africa, a geography that is quite underrepresented on most wildlife observation platforms. So the odds of ever getting a wild observation is quite low.

As it's an obscure animal, translating some information from the (dutch )plate:
- Habitat: rain forest of west Africa
- Length: 45-55cm
- Weight: 1-1.5kg
- Diet: insects, crabs, reptiles, larvae, berries, fruits
- Life span: 9 years

The "did you know?" section:
- Only mongoose species to live in rain-forests
- Regularly attack animals far larger than their own size
- Highly social animals that live in groups 10-30.

    comments (5)

  1. This animal seems to be a bit of a badass! Very cool and so cute! Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thank you, loving this animal as well. Posted 3 years ago
  2. Posted 3 years ago
    1. This video agitates me. Let it eat in peace! I respond quite similarly when interrupted during a meal :) Posted 3 years ago
      1. Ah, I thought the same thing. Why is that jerk poking this poor creature?! Animals get no respect, and this is another example. Most videos of this species, as with many others, are either videos of them in captivity or being kept as pets. Posted 3 years ago, modified 3 years ago

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The common kusimanse , also known as the long-nosed kusimanse or cusimanse, is a small, diurnal kusimanse or dwarf mongoose. Of three subfamilies of ''Herpestidae'' , the kusimanse is a member of Mungotinae, which are small and very social.

Similar species: Carnivorans
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Uploaded Jun 18, 2018. Captured May 6, 2018 14:18.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/5.6
  • 1/800s
  • ISO125
  • 270mm