This little nocturnal predator is a member of Viverride family. It occurs in dry woodland areas of Africa where it hunts for small mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. Fruits expand genet’s diet. During the day genet hide in tree hollow or in the crevice in the rocks. Genet’s semi-retractable and flexible claws allow to climb trees and rocks with ease. This mammal lives about 20 years and the record for this species is 34 years.
In many countries genet is still hunted for its attractive fur and parts of its body are used traditional medicine.
- Latin name: Genetta genetta felina
- IUCN Red List – LC -Least Concern