… is Africa’s smallest carnivore species and they are very cute!

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Most of my carnivores pictures are of Lions, Cheetahs and the occasional Leopards. Hyenas and Jackals also often featured in my posts.

But there are many more little hunters on Thanda. This is a picture of the smallest member of the order carnivoria, a Slender Mongoose, which one usually only sees sprinting across the road. This one stayed a bit for a photo shoot.

Have a good evening 😊

And in case you are interested this is a list of all 16 carnivore species on the reserve:

Order: Carnivoria

1 African Lion

2 Leopard

3 Spotted Hyena

4 Cheetah

5 Brown Hyena

6 Caracal

7 Serval

8 Honey Badger

9 Black-backet Jackal

10 Side-striped Jackal

11 White-tailed Mongoose

12 Water (Marsh) Mongoose

13 South-African Large Spotted Genet

14 Banded Mongoose

15 Striped Polecat (Zorilla)

16 Slender Mongoose

Have a good evening!

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The next time you are on a photo safari I dare you to get a picture of one of these 😊

Slender Mongooses are always on the move. On safari I see them regularly shooting across the road from one thicket into the next but very rarely do I get the opportunity to take a photograph. This is one of these rare images.

These little carnivores are part of Herpestidae, a family of small carnivores. We got four of the family members on Thanda: White-tailed Mongoose, Water (Marsh) Mongoose, Banded Mongoose , Slender Mongoose.

Enjoy your Sunday 😊

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