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The Animal Which Speaks Like a Human; The Indian Brown Mongoose

Mahoora Tented Safari Camp - Horton Plains National Park 

Fun facts
Mongooses are a species that is active during the day, and asleep at night. They can be seen chattering incessantly with one another throughout the day, and when this chatter is combined, they sound somewhat like human speech - by using vowels and syllable combinations to coordinate group movements, foraging information and other important messages amongst one another. 

Some mongooses are legendary snake fights, with the Indian Mongoose being particularly known for its fondness of fighting the eating poisonous snakes, such as cobras. There are even some stories written on the topic, with the book “Rikki-tikki-tavi” written by Rudyard Kipling, being a popular classic that is about a young mongoose, who fights a cobra. 

Lesser known facts
Mongooses are long, furry creatures with a pointed face and a bushy tail. Despite the popular belief, they are not rodents - although they may tend to even look like ones. Instead, they are members of the Herpestidae family, which also includes civets and meerkats. Some species of mongooses are extremely social and live in large groups, which are known as ‘colonies’; and these colonies can have as many as 50 members, whilst other mongooses tend to live alone.

Whereabouts
The Indian Brown Mongoose lives at an elevation range of 700-1300 meters (2300-4300 feet) above sea level in Sri Lanka, and can be found in locations like Horton Plains National Park in Sri Lanka. They can also be found in Europe, Asia and Africa. The Indian Brown Mongoose prefers rocky areas, but can also be found in forests and semi-aquatic areas (hence Horton Plains) and are easily adaptable therefore, making them less susceptible to being endangered. 

 

Much more than just a great place to stay

"Thanks to our guide Avinka we had five great safaris staying four nights just after reopening this February. The staff made us feel so very welcome during the entire stay.

The safaries are just wonderful, and having a great guide in your vehicle makes a big difference. Avinka can spot animals you would never see and we were even lucky enough to sight leopards on the trees, close to our vehicle, and also running through the field. The wildlife is so exciting that you will have a great experience even if you don‘t see any leopards. We also had a great driver, which is essential if you drive through difficult territory. You are being taken care of the entire time, so even for those who do safaris for the first time, you will always feel safe.

The camp itself is very comfortable, you get everything you can think of, and on top of the great food being served with so much attention and friendliness. You also get wonderful vegetarian and vegan options. They put on bonfires at night, which makes it unforgettable.
When booking and making plans, you get great support from the headquarters, even if it gets difficult since you have to change your plans.
The best thing what can happen to you at the end of a vacation is when you are a bit sad to leave the place, having experienced something to remember forever, and the team does everything for this to happen. Thank you so much"

Axel S wrote, Traveled with family
January 2021

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