Mungo the Mongoose

Mungo the mongoose

The 2013 floods brought more than just rain to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC). Along with a lot of water, and plenty of green grass, the staff of the Centre were presented with an unexpected guest. Hearing a racket of squealing, we followed the noise trail into the depths of a cheetah’s enclosure. After searching around the enclosure, the staff were shocked to find out that the squealing was that of a tiny orphaned banded mongoose!

Jackie, assistant animal curator, decided to take the baby under her wing, raising him into a strong and cheeky 6-month old. He was given the best of care and was even slept in the room with Jackie, until he started developing a habit of urinating in inappropriate places! He was then moved into an outdoor enclosure, where he now enjoys the on-going attention from students whom he wins over with his squeaks and naughty attitude.

Snack time

However, it was not all smooth sailing for Jackie and Mungo. From the beginning, Mungo refused to drink milk, which could have led to severe development issues including extreme calcium deficiency. Worried about her ‘little man’, Jackie decided to mix his specially developed milk formula into ProNutro, a rough baby food mixture. This worked a treat for Mungo, who scoffed down his milk and ProNutro mixture as soon as it was set down, which was a great relief to Jackie. Much like disguising vegetables in food for human babies, Jackie disguised Mungo’s milk in his food too!

Mungo relaxing

Now that he is older, Mungo no longer needs his milk mixture and is fed a delicious mixture of mongoose-friendly food, including insects, fruit, and of course his favourite – ProNutro!

Being a banded mongoose, he can be identified by the bands across his body, and his strong claws that allow him to dig in the soil. Today, Mungo can be found in the student’s camp, hanging out with his favourite pal, Noddy the dog!

Tiny Mungo enjoying the shade

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Erika

    Hi,
    Can you please advise me on care for a rescue water mongoose.
    Western Cape

    1. HESC

      Good day! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. The best recommendation is to contact Western Cape Nature Conservation Board and ask for guidance on who to contact, like a local vet.
      Herewith their details:
      Email: reservation.alert@capenature.co.za
      Telephone: 021 483 0190

  2. Sjalany

    Hi, we have two abandoned baby banded mongoose that are approximately 4 weeks old, and have been feeding them baby formula milk for the last 10 days, they seemed OK, then yesterday we noticed small raised red bumps on their skin, and diahree and one died, now trying to save the second one, do you have any idea what the problem is or any advice please, Regards shalany

    1. HESC

      Hi Shalany, thanks for your message. We would suggest taking them to a vet for advice, as one does need a permit to raise a mongoose. They will be able to give you advice on how to go about both. We are unable to give advice if someone does not have legal permits for animals. We hope you can understand?
      Good luck!

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