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:
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.
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.