The yellow mongoose is carnivorous, consuming mostly arthropods but also other small mammals, lizards, snakes and eggs of all kinds. It is primarily diurnal, though nocturnal activity has been observed. Living in colonies of up to 20 individuals in a permanent underground burrow complex, the yellow mongoose will often co-exist with Cape Ground Squirrels or suricates and share the warren, adding new tunnels and burrows as necessary. The yellow mongoose shown here is warming its body in the early morning sun after a cold desert night in its underground burrow. The vegetation is typical of the Etosha National Park in Namibia where this was taken during the winter months.
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Etosha National Park, Namibia
Clive Rathband FRPS FPSSA EFIAP