Small Indian civets (Viverricula indica)


  • Recently, East Godavari Wildlife Management authorities have rescued three small Indian civets (Viverricula indica).

About Small Indian civets

  • The small Indian civet is a prolific consumer of fruits, mostly in the coconut orchids and banana plantations and other horticulture fields. It occupies abandoned places for breeding.
  • The small Indian civet is a monotypic genus
  • Poaching or hunting of the small Indian civet is prohibited under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
  • The species is marked ‘Least Concern’, according to the conservation status of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and listed on CITES Appendix III
  • In 2008, a small Indian civet was recorded for the first time in Jammu and Kashmir’s Dachigam National Park. 
  • In Tamil Nadu’s Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, it was recorded foremost in grassland, riverine areas and sighted near a tea plantation during surveys in 2002.
  • In India’s Western Ghats, small Indian civets were observed in Tamil Nadu’s Anamalai and Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserves, and in Kerala’s Parambikulam and Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuaries during surveys in 2008.
  • In Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, it was recorded in deciduous, semi-evergreen and thorn forests, and in the dry season also at a water hole near a village.

Source: The Hindu

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