Genet in Tanzania

Genet in Swahili: kanu (Genetta spp.)

Shoulder height: 20–40 cm; weight: 1.5–3 kg. Often but erroneously referred to as cats, the members of this taxonomically controversial genus are all very similar in appearance: low-slung, slender, with a grey to golden-brown coat marked with black spots, and an exceptionally long ringed tail. Most likely to be seen on nocturnal game drives or scavenging around game reserve lodges, the large-spotted genet (G. tigrina) is golden brown with very large spots and black-tipped tail, whereas the small-spotted genet (G. genetta) is greyer with rather small spots and a pale tip to the tail.

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