WCS’s Central Park Zoo Welcomes Two Litters of Mongoose Pups
- Dwarf and banded mongoose species exhibited
- Tropic Zone exhibit renovations just in time for
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New York, N.Y.- Oct. 27, 2010-Eight bundles of joy have arrived in the Tropic Zone at the Wildlife
Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo – four dwarf and four banded mongoose
The two litters mark the first dwarf and banded mongoose
pups every born at WCS’s Central Park Zoo.
“We welcome these great additions to our mongoose families,”
said Jeff Sailer, WCS’s Director of City Zoos. “The exhibits give people
a chance to compare the dwarf and banded mongoose species next to each other,
and see how behaviors of animals from the same family can be very distinct.”
The three adult banded mongoose are larger than the dwarf
and have several bold, black stripes across their backs. The two adult dwarf
mongoose are smaller and have brown fur. As carnivores, they spend a
great deal of time searching for insects, bird eggs, and small reptiles to
The two species are exhibited side-by-side on the mezzanine
level of the Tropic Zone exhibit where zoo-goers can observe how all members of
the mongoose social group help raise the young. Both dwarf and banded mongoose
are from Africa where they live in extended social groups.
In the wild, they form partnerships with birds such as
hornbills. The mongoose rely on the hornbills as an early warning system
for predators and the hornbills benefit from picking off the insects fleeing a
roving band of mongoose.
The mezzanine level of the Tropic Zone has undergone
renovations to house the mongoose as well as new mountain coatimundi, a long
tailed, raccoon-like animal native to South America. Always a balmy 80 degrees
Fahrenheit, it is the perfect place to escape the cold weather.
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