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The Malabar civet is possibly one of the Western Ghats’ rarest and most threatened mammals. This small, dog like carnivore has been pushed to the brink of extinction by hunting and habitat loss. Once widespread in the Western Ghats, the species was declared possibly extinct in 1978. Although it was rediscovered nine years later, it has never been photographed and there has been no published proof of its continued survival for over a decade. If the species survives at all, it is likely to be as a series of relic populations, largely confined to thickets in cashew nut plantations.