Scientific name

The genet is scientifically known as Genetta genetta.


It belongs to the family Viverridae, which includes other carnivorous mammals.


Genets are native to southern Europe and parts of Africa. It is found in a variety of habitats, from forests to urban areas. It is an adaptable species that can live in different environments.


Genets are nocturnal and solitary animals. They are known for their stealthy behaviour and agility. They spend most of their time in trees, where they feel safe and hunt from an elevated position.

Feeding Habits

They are carnivorous and feed on a varied diet that includes small mammals, birds, insects, fruits and other foods available in their habitat. They are efficient hunters and can climb trees in search of prey.


Genets usually breed in the spring or summer. Females give birth to litters of 2-4 young, called cubs. The cubs are cared for by the mother and are gradually weaned before becoming independent.

Genets are fascinating animals that play a role in controlling small prey populations and dispersing seeds by eating fruit. They are elusive and rarely seen due to their nocturnal and solitary nature.