Zoo is also the home of two litters of dwarf mongoose pups. The
litters, born on Sept. 12 and Nov. 24, include three males and four
unsexed puppies respectively. Guests visiting the zoo can see the
family in the Habitat Africa! The Savannah exhibit.
Mongoose pups are born with their eyes closed; they open when
they are about 13 days old. Mongooses are very gregarious and have
a highly cooperative society with well-developed social roles.
There is one dominant female and male in a group as well as
subordinate males and older offspring. The subordinate males and
older offspring usually help care for the younger pups in the
group. Puppies begin to play fight after their eyes open. This is
practice for when they are older and need to defend their own