I thought I would write a little about the smaller animals in Botswana who are often overlooked with regards to the more popular lions, elephants and giraffes. As gardeners, we tend to think of squirrels as pests. They dig up freshly planted seeds, dig holes in lawns, drop the scales of pine cones everywhere, and they often get to green tomatoes and fruit before it is picked. Yet squirrels are important to the well being of forests. The caching behaviour of seeds by squirrels is very important for the renewal of many tree species, particularly plants that produce heavy seeds that have few chances to sprout when they fall near the parent plant. Conservationists have long regarded mongooses as an enemy to native wildlife and ecosystems when introduced to islands without natural predators. In its natural habitat, southern Eurasia and mainland Africa, they are a natural part of the food chain, eaten by jackals, wild dogs and hawks. The mongoose is carnivorous, consuming mostly insects, but also other small mammals, lizards, snakes and eggs of all kinds. Also, like squirrels, they will supplement occasionally with berries and seeds.