Yellow mongooses Visit our meerkats' cousins in Twilight World
Type mammal
Size 22-33cm
Weight 450-600g
Diet carnivore
  • Summary
  • Dietary
  • Habitat
  • Conservation
  • The yellow mongoose is a small mammal from Africa. Whilst its name is derived from its yellow coloured coat, colour actually varies from yellow to grey among subspecies.

    A territorial species, the yellow mongoose uses different forms of scent-marking to define its territory. To communicate with others it tends to use tail movements, but will be vocal when angered, scared or playful.

    Offspring reach adult size after 10 months and live to around 12-13 years. 

  • The yellow mongoose is a carnivore. A natural forager, small insects make up the majority of its diet but it will occasionally eat small rodents, reptiles and birds too. In the wild the yellow mongoose would bring these large prey items to the burrow for its young.

    It is equipped with strong claws for digging and catching food.


  • In the wild, these mammals can be found in scrub desert and arid grassland throughout Africa. They live in burrows, which are often shared with other small mammals such as squirrels and meerkats. 

  • The yellow mongoose is currently regarded as least concern with a relatively stable population.



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