We are home to two male cusimanse – Karlos and Womble. Both arrived from Paignton Zoo back in August 2020 into our newly redeveloped cusimanse exhibit.
A member of the mongoose family, they are originally found in west Africa.
Cusimanse will use their long slender snout and claws to forage for prey on the forest floor. They will normally feed on a wide variety of vertebrates and invertebrates including earthworms, spiders, grasshoppers, frogs, birds and snakes. However they do also eat fruit and berries.
Cusimanse are classified as Least Concern. They have a very widespread population throughout their range and have no major threats in the wild apart from their natural predators.