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Striped Polecat

wildlife of Namibia

Introduction: The striped polecat (Ictonyx striatus) is one of the most easily recognisable of the small carnivores on account of their long hair in a distinctive black and white pattern. It has a powerful weapon when defending itself against its enemies - nauseating fluid fired from its anal glands. The long-lasting, clinging smell is a timely reminder against interference and the striped polecat is best avoided.

Distribution: The striped polecat can be found throughout Namibia, but are difficult to spot because of their terrestrial, nocturnal and solitary habits.

Diet: Insects and mice are the 2 principal foods, but they will also eat reptiles, birds, spiders and scorpions.

Colouring: Distinct black and white stripes derived from an overall jet black colour, with a series of 4 bands of pure white, which run the length of the upper parts of the base to the tail.

Breeding: Young tend to be born in the wet, warm summer months and usually in January – March in Namibia. It is more than likely that if a female successfully rears a litter, she will not produce a second. If the young die at an early age, she will mate again. Gestation periods are around 36 days with litters of between 1-3.

Size: Males weigh just under 1kg and are 60cm in length including the tail. Females are slightly shorter and smaller in size.

Wildlife Namibia

  • Namibian Wildlife: Striped-polecat
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Ongula Village Homestead Lodge

A traditional Owambo homestead which offers a unique opportunity of interacting with the local community while getting involved in local activities such as cattle herding and basket making.

Ruacana Eha Lodge

Situated at the Ruacana falls on the Namibia / Angola border - this lodge serves as a gateway between Kaokoland and Owamboland

Uukwaluhdi Safari Lodge

North of Etosha, east of Osahakati & west of Opuwo this remote lodge is situated on the vast plains of the Omusati Region. Attractions here include tracking Black Rhino.

Self Catering Accommodation in Namibia