Nandinia – African palm civet
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You might easily spot these naughty animals a few hours before sunrise or after sunset – showing their love for the nightlife. During the daytime, they prefer to remain hidden/camouflaged or asleep to avoid predators (potentially humans). They use scent markings and hooting calls as tools of communication. The scent glands on the lower abdomen, under the chin, and feet are known to produce specific musk.
Illegal hunters are fascinated by their scent (used in perfumes), meat, and warm fur. Additionally, the lactating mother secretes a yellowish liquid from the belly, which might warn other males to keep their distance. These foody civets would happily eat fruits or small insects – almost anything they can handle.