These weasel-like creatures are often seen in the Namutoni Rest Camp and surroundings, foraging for insects, scorpions, beetles and millipedes.
They will also steal bird eggs and snack on fruit if the opportunity arises. They are seldom seen anywhere else in the park.
They differ from the yellow mongoose in that they are dark brown in colour with darker vertical stripes running down their bodies. Family groups of up to 30 animals live in rock shelters, thickets, gullies, and warrens under bushes. They are diurnal animals and it is interesting to watch their busy little interactions within the group