ID Help – Mongoose spp. Kafue NP, Zambia
An ongoing camera trap study being carried out by Musekese Conservation research team captured this image of a black mongoose in the Northern Kafue NP (the Musekese-Lumbeya region).
As far as I am aware only the Meller’s Mongoose is found in Western Zambia (of the two tough ones, Meller’s and Bushy-tailed) but to me this looks more Bushy-tailed? Maybe Water Mongoose but it doesn’t look quite right for that and was captured a little way from the main Kafue River (not near any swamp/marsh/drainage).
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Agree with Charles that it’s more likely a Bushy-tailed Mongoose. The very fluffy, filled out tail fits this species much better than Marsh, as does the lack of white coloration on its chin. The one thing that gives me pause for thought is that the head does seem somewhat more robust than I’m used to for Bushy-tailed, but that could just be a trick of the camera angle & shadow.
Also a question for Tyrone – have you gotten Meller’s or Selous’s Mongoose on camera in Kafue and if so, how frequently?
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Chris & Mathilde Stuart- Looks to us like Water (Marsh) Mongoose. They often wander several km away from water bodies. We have first-hand experience with this in Karoo, South Africa- up to 15km away from any surface water. If you could let us have an image we could blow up we could be more certain.