The Common Genet (Genetta genetta), also known as the Small-spotted
Genet or European Genet, is a mammal from the order Carnivora, related
to civets and linsangs. The most far-ranging of all the fourteen
species of genet, it can be found throughout Africa, parts of the
Middle East, and in Europe in Spain, Portugal, the Balearic Islands,
and parts of France.
A secretive, nocturnal species, the Common Genet inhabits rocky terrain with caves, dense scrub land, pine forests, and marshland. This handsome, feline-looking animal, has a pale grey and black spotted coat, with a long striped tail. Like all genets, it has a small head, large ears and eyes, and short legs with retractable claws. Males are larger than females, and juveniles are darker grey. (source: wikipedia.org)
We saw this one in Tanzania on the Lake Natron Riverside Camping during the night.
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