Head and body length: 25 - 35 cm, tail: 20 - 27 cm
600 - 700 g
Estimated at 8,400 - 12,050
Western Madagascar; prefers dry seasonal forests
Let it rain. Worms, insects and other tasty morsels are easy to find during the wet season, so the narrow-striped mongoose has the resources to live in groups of six to eight. Sharing a home range, they spend most of their time in the trees and sleep in tree holes at night. As food becomes more elusive with the coming of dry season, they break into smaller groups, forage more on the ground and sleep in burrows. Wet or dry, vocalizations in the form of short, repeated calls help keep the group together. But dangers threaten to tear their lives apart, from the destruction of the forest to harassment by a deadly new neighbor: domesticated dogs gone feral.