Life History and Behavior

Life Expectancy

Lifespan, longevity, and ageing

Observations: Little is known about the longevity of these animals, but one specimen lived 13.8 years in captivity (Richard Weigl 2005).
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Abyssinian genet

The Abyssinian genet (Genetta abyssinica) is a species of genet, a carnivore in the family Viverridae. It is also known as the Ethiopian genet.[2] It is native to Africa, where it is found in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, and Djibouti.[2]

This species occurs in several habitat types, including coastal plains, Afromontane grasslands, and mountain moorlands. Little is known about the species, but it is likely uncommon.[2]


  1. ^ Wozencraft, W. C. (2005). "Order Carnivora". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 532–628. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ a b c d Gaubert, P. & Hoffmann, M. 2008. Genetta abyssinica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. Downloaded on 04 April 2015.
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