Mongoose Filming in Uganda Wildlife Parks
It is now possible to film banded mongoose in Uganda. Researchers from the University of Exeter habituated banded mongoose in the northern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park otherwise known as Mweya and are available for observation, research and filming. Mongoose filming in Queen Elizabeth National Park requires permission from researchers who have daily access to multiple habituation groups. Mongoose filming requires a fee of $300.00 per day paid to researches and before any filming takes place, one must get approval from Uganda Wildlife Authority.
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) otherwise referred to as UWA filming contract or UWA filming permit must be thought and Encounter Africa Safaris helps you to organize this as long as you provide us with all details as requested by Uganda Widlife Authority. Normally, UWA prefers writing an official letter directed to the Executive Director informing him of who you are, why you want to film banded mongoose, when and how this will benefit conservation of wildlife and tourism promotion at large. The charges will depend on the number of crew members, days you will spend filming banded mongoose in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Contact us for detail on how to process and acquire a contract to film mangoose.
Banded mongooses (Mungos mungo) are small (ca.1.5Kg) diurnal mammals belonging to the Family Herpestidae. They live in mixed sex groups which average around 20 individuals, but groups may sometimes grow to more than 70 individuals. Each group contains multiple breeding males and females, plus sub adults and offspring. Groups sleep together in a single communal den, changing between den sites every 3-5 days. They emerge at sunrise and forage as a group in the morning and afternoon before returning to the den at sunset. Unusually, there is no reproductive suppression of subordinate females in this species, and most females breed in each breeding attempt. In around most breeding attempts all pregnant females give birth on exactly the same day! This level of birth synchrony is unique among mammals. Pups are kept underground for 3-4 weeks before emerging from the den to join the group on foraging trips. During this period offspring are guarded at the den by one or more ‘babysitters’, usually males. After they start to travel with the group pups are guarded by adult escorts, again usually males. Each escort forms an exclusive bond with a single pup, guarding it from predators and teaching it to find and handle food.