African Civet in Tanzania

African civet in Swahili: fungo (Civettictis civetta)

Shoulder height: 40 cm; weight: 10–15 kg. This stocky, long-haired, rather feline creature of the African night is primarily carnivorous, feeding on small animals and carrion as well as fruit. It has a similarly coloured coat to a leopard or cheetah, and this is densely blotched with large black spots becoming stripes towards the head. Civets are widespread and common in many habitats, but very rarely seen. The smaller and slenderer tree civet (Nandinia binotata) is a very seldom-seen arboreal animal whose dark-brown coat is marked with black spots.

Share this Post: