Pardine Genet Fast Facts
Meet Feddie! Pardine genets are an elusive, nocturnal species. Because of their secretive nature, very little is known about this species. They are an arboreal species, specialised in travelling through the trees at speed. Their wrist joints have evolved to allow rotation when climbing, allowing them to climb down trees head first. Their patterned fur act ascamouflague, whilst their long tail aids balance when leaping through the trees.
Genets are classified as carnivores eating small mammals, birds and invertebrates. However, they will also eat fruit. These nocturnal hunters are specialised in catching bats.
Genets are a solitary species, living on their own and only coming together to breed. Genets belong to the viverridae family, a common characteristic is their scent-making behaviour to attract a mate. Like many other in the family, their scent gland smells of buttery popcorn. Females give birth following a gestation of approximately 90 days. The females can give birth to up to 5 kittens.
Threats + Conservation
Pardine genets are listed as LEAST CONCERN on the IUCN Red List. Their main threats are caused by a disruptions to their habitat, along with hunting for their fur and meat. However, due to the secretive nature of genets, their population numbers are currently unknown. Future assessments and research is needed to understand the full extent of their threats. .
1. Their scent gland resembles popcorn. 2. Genets belong to the viverrids family, alongside binturongs and civets.