Common Cusimanse

Common cusimanse at Wingham Wildlife Park, Kent

Common Cusimanse Natural History


This species has an average length of 33 cm and weighs up to 1 kg.

Habitat and Distribution

This West African species can be found across much of Ghana, Ivory Coast, Benin, Liberia and Sierra Leone where it likes forested areas.


Lifespan in captivity is around 10 years.

Groups and Breeding

They live in a very hierarchical society where only the primary family members may breed, giving birth to an average of 2 to 4 babies.  These groups of animals may contain as many as 20 individuals who communicate through a lot of different vocalizations.


The cusimanse is a type of mongoose and as such is primarily carnivorous feeding on crabs, insects, small reptiles and rodents, however they also enjoy berries and other soft fruits.


Even though they are often caught for the pet trade, they are numerous in the wild and as such listed as Least Concern by the IUCN red list.

Interesting fact

This is one of the only mongoose species which prefers forested habitats over dry open grassland.

The Common Cusimanse During Your Day Out in Kent

Our common cusimanse group is made up of 5 girls. They joined us in early 2019 and can be seen next to the smooth coated otters.