Baby Viverridae at Zoo Berlin
Curious infant for the endangered narrow-striped mongoose
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.