Common Cusimanse Natural History

Range & habitat

This West African species can be found across much of Ghana, Ivory Coast, Benin, Liberia and Sierra Leone where it likes forested areas.


The cusimanse is a type of mongoose and as such is primarily carnivorous feeding on crabs, insects, small reptiles and rodents, however they also enjoy berries and other soft fruits.

They live in a very hierarchical society where only the primary family members may breed, giving birth to an average of 2 to 4 babies.  These groups of animals may contain as many as 20 individuals who communicate through a lot of different vocalizations.


Length; 33cm

Weight; 1kg


Even though they are often caught for the pet trade, they are numerous in the wild and as such listed as Least Concern by the IUCN red list.


The Common Cusimanse at Sandwich Wildlife Park

At Sandwich Wildlife Park we currently have 2 groups of common cusimanse, each being of mixed sex.  They can be found in our indoor area known as the rainforest where the air is filled with the cute squeaks and growls of this noisy species.

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