Giant striped mongoose foraging at night

Giant-striped mongoose

Restricted to the inhospitable, spiny desert of southwestern Madagascar, giant-striped mongooses aren't the easiest of species to study. Owing to the intense heat of their desert home, they live in holes during the day, emerging only in the cooler night air to hunt and forage. Invertebrates such as giant cockroaches and scorpions are top of the menu all year round. These distinctively striped mongooses are also known as Grandidier's mongoose, after Alfred Grandidier the French naturalist and explorer.

Scientific name: Galidictis grandidieri

Rank: Species

Common names:

  • Grandidier's mongoose,
  • Vontsira

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The Giant-striped mongoose can be found in a number of locations including: Madagascar. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Giant-striped mongoose distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web


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  5. Carnivora
  6. Eupleridae
  7. Galidictis
  8. Giant-striped mongoose

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