Baby Viverridae at Zoo Berlin

Curious infant for the endangered narrow-striped mongoose

The narrow-striped mongooses live in the Predator House. There has recently been a new sugar-sweet addition. The round beady eyes curiously peak across mama's neck observing the visitors. The sweet baby is fully spoiled by mum Adele: It is cuddled, fed and licked from head to toe

If mum Adele suddenly has just a bit too much of all the hype over her young, she seizes her offspring by the neck and carries it away elsewhere. Whether it likes it or not. This is typical for narrow-striped mongooses. She has to act fast when there is an imminent danger. Thankfully, there's no such danger in the Zoo. Perhaps Adele is only granting her baby a break from the many visitors every now and again. Dad Ahab (he is sadly missing a leg) doesn't interfere in the infants upbringing. This isn't actually very unusual. Mongooses usually only live together for mating – the upbringing is left to the females. Mum Adele nevertheless is coping extremely well alone. When the young animals grow up, they leave the mother and live in solitary.

All Zoo mongooses come from Berlin

We are quite proud: Zoo Berlin is the only Zoo in Germany, in which narrow-striped mongooses are kept and we have been breeding these for almost twenty years now. If you see any other of these species of mongoose in other zoos worldwide, then these are sure to have come from Zoo Berlin. In the native country of the narrow-striped mongooses, Madagascar, the population of these so-called viverrid is sadly on the sharp decline. The IUCN reports that there are almost 9,000 of the animals. We consider it our responsibility at Zoo Berlin that the breeding of these rare animals is as coordinated as possible so that the number held in captivity can continue to grow.

Successful breeding of the narrow-striped mongoose at Zoo Berlin

It has worked out in Berlin: The young animal was born on 13 July 2015. But we still don't know whether it is a male or female. Our keepers are only able to find out for sure after approx. six months. But it doesn't matter what it is: It's healthy.

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