Kruger Park Mammals - African Civet

The African Civet (Civettictis civetta) also known as the Civet Cat (Which is misleading as Civets are not part of the cat family) is Africa's version of the Raccoon and can weigh up to 20 kilograms and live for up to 20 years.

Where To Find Civet in the Kruger National Park.

African Civet distribution map kruger national parkKruger National Park African Civet Distribution Map

The African Civet is solitary and strictly nocturnal which makes finding them quite difficult. Your best bet to see a Civet is often walking around one of the rest camps at night. They tend to raid dustbins and look for food. At one stage there was an almost tame Civet that lived in the Biyamiti Bushveld camp that would walk up to your braai area to try get some food. Civets in the Kruger can generally be found around thick bush close to water, often in the presence of palms.

More Information On Kruger's Civet

The African Civet has a good sense of hearing and sight which is why it eludes many game viewers and even predators. The Civet's main predator in the Kruger is the Spotted Hyaena. Civet's are extremely opportunistic feeders. They are omnivorous and will consume anything from carrion to fruits. They have been recorded hunting young Impala and Duiker in the park, but prefer feeding on berries, eggs and insects. They are good rodent and snake hunters as well.

Kruger Park African Civet Gallery

There are currently no photo's of Kruger's African Civet.