Picture by Leonard Popov and Eugeny Hontor

The representative of civet family (Viverridae), the descendant of the genet. One of the most successful African predators of a Neocene. It is capable to kill large prey: animal has advanced saber-like canines. Jaws are short, are capable to be opened widely (to the corner up to 130°). Weight is up to 120 kg, length - up to 1,5 meters, a tail is 1 m long. Males are larger than females. Colouring of a wool is gray-white with black ears, "mask" on a muzzle, paws and a tip of a tail. On a body there are an irregular-shaped black spots, their pattern and number are individual for each animal. The animal is of fine constitution, it is capable to climb trees and to swim. It prefers to conceal prey from an ambush or pursues on short distances, developing thus speed up to 60 - 70 kms per hour. Usually animal is a lone hunter, only pair in a breeding season, or the female with young growth hunt together. Animals are very territorial, the female having young growth is aggressive to neighbours. Pregnancy lasts about 6 months, 2 - 3 blind and deaf cubs covered with a wool are born. They remain in lair about 2 months, later the female starts to train in their hunting. After 1 year cubs become independent. The voice is the low growling, aggressively adjusted animal growls loudly.