Animals of the world, Meerkat/Suricate

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  • 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.
  • Meerkats have a lifespan of up to ten years