Meerkats

INTRODUCTION

Meerkats work together in groups, called mobs. A few will typically serve as lookouts, watching the skies for hawks and eagles that prey upon them.

Meerkats eat scorpions as a major part of their diet and are tolerant to the venom! Our mob of Meerkats are a lively bunch, constantly digging tunnels and foraging for the tasty treats their keepers hide around the enclosure.

GALLERY

FAST FACTS

Scientific Name:

Suricata suricatta

Status:

Least concern

Size:

Body length is up 55cm

Weight:

Up to 1kg

Life Span in Wild:

Up to 14 years

Habitat:

Savannah, Arid scrub land

Diet:

Carnivore

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

What Do I Eat?

Insects, small vertebrates, fruits

Where Do I Live?

South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique

Do I Have Any Predators?

Jackals, Birds of prey

How Do I Live?

Diurnal, terrestrial, family groups

Why Am I Endangered?

Pet trade.

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