Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in much of the Namib Desert in Namibia and southwestern Angola, and in South Africa.
They have grizzled grey and brown coloured coats of fur with dark patches around their eyes, these black rings of fur enable meerkats to see efficiently in bright sunlight
The meerkat is slender and has a pointed little face and tiny ears
The meerkat uses its long and thin tail to balance when standing vertically
Meerkats are highly social, living in groups of up to 30 members. Generally, the members of a group are all related.
They dig burrows up to three metres deep into the earth for the whole family
While pack members are feeding, at least one of the mob will be on guard, standing on its back legs and watching for predators such as eagles, foxes or jackals
They forage five to eight hours per day, spaced one to five metres apart while softly vocalizing to maintain contact
They are omnivores. Diet consists of worms, crickets, centipedes, millipedes, grasshoppers, beetles, spiders, scorpions, small rodents, lizards, small snakes, birds, eggs, and ant larvae, fruit, tubers, and roots.