In Afrikaans, the yellow mongoose is called rooimeerkat or witkwasmuishond. The ‘meer’ in meerkat is derived from the word ‘mier’, which means ant or termite. Mongooses and meerkats use termite mounds as shelter and the termites themselves as food. This yellow meerkat in Rietvlei Nature Reserve was digging away, looking for some nice grubs to eat.
The banded mongoose lives in colonies of up to 40 individuals and feeds mainly on insects like beetles and millipedes.
Photo taken in Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa