|Black-footed mongoose Bdeogale nigripes in Gabon. |
Photo: Laila Bahaa-el-din/Panthera.
Gabon has lost most of its big meat-eaters including lions, spotted hyenas, and African wild dogs (although it's still home to a lot of leopards), but a new study focuses on the country's lesser-known species with an appetite for flesh. For the first time, researchers surveyed Gabon's small carnivores, including 12 species from the honey badger (Mellivora capensis) to the marsh mongoose (Atilax paludinosus).
Bahaa-el-din, L. Henschel, P. Aba'a, R. Abernethy, K. Bohm, T. Bout, N. Coad, L. Head, J. Inoue, E. Lahm, S. Lee, M. E. Maisels, F. Rabanal, L. Starkey, M. Taylor, G. Vanthomme, H. Nakashima, Y. Hunter, L. 2013. Notes on the Distribution and Status of Small Carnivores in Gabon. Small Carnivore Conservation. 48 : 19-29.