The marsh mongoose, or Atilax paludinosus, was one of several small carnivores captured in photos from camera-trap surveys in the Central African rainforests of Gabon.
Researchers used camera-trap data as well as bushmeat studies and field observations to take stock of Gabon's tiny predators, like the black-footed mongoose (Bdeogale nigripes) shown here.
Honey Badger Don't Care
Gabon's wildlife includes viral video celebrity, the honey badger (Mellivora capensis), a small but tenacious hunter that's known to eat snakes, raid beehives and stand up to lions.
Nocturnal African civets (Civettictis civetta) are found all throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
Though many species of small carnivores are widespread and not under threat, researchers worry that the growing bushmeat trade could potentially impact these populations. The servaline genet (Genetta servalina) is shown here.
African Palm Civet
The African palm civet (Nandinia binotata) was spotted in this camera trap photo.
The survey resulted in a range-extension for the Egyptian mongoose.
The long-nosed mongoose (Herpestes naso) is widespread in the Congo forest basin.