Taken at the Cincinnati Zoo in the old Nocturnal House.

A weasel relative, the solitary large-spotted genet (Genetta tigrina) rests during the day high up in a tree or another animal’s abandoned burrow. At night it’s on the move, climbing and leaping from tree to tree in search of small prey. Stalking and pouncing, the genet catches a snack


  • Where to see them: Southern and Eastern Africa
  • Length: 1.6 to 2 ft
  • Weight: 3.5 to 5.5 lbs
  • Lifespan: 8 years
  • Habitat: Woodland and scrubland
  • Diet: Small rodents, birds, reptiles, invertebrates, and fruit
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