Meerkats

Famous for their upright stance, meerkats are very social and charimatic mongooses which live throughout southern Africa.   Groups of 2 or 3 meerkat families, called mobs, live together in burrows.  The mobs spend a great deal of time together grooming and playing to bond as a family unit.

Meerkats will wake early in the morning to begin their hunting.  Adults will take turns watching for predators at the highest peak in the area while the others forage for food.  If all is well, the meerkat on the watch, called the sentry, will make a low constant peeping known as the watchman's song.  He will let out a bark or whistle if a predator is near or if alarmed.  After which, the mob will scurry and seek the nearest large hole.

Their diet is mostly insects but they will also eat small reptiles, eggs, scorpions and plants. 



ANIMAL INFORMATION
HABITATWestern South Africa
WEIGHT2 lbs
HEIGHT12 inches in length
MATINGSEASONAL
GESTATION10-11 weeks
YOUNG1-3 litters/year; 3-7 kittens per litter
FAMILYHerpestidae
ORDERCarnivora
HABITHighly Social
DIETmostly insects, but they'll also eat small reptiles, scorpions, eggs and plants
LIFE SPAN10-13 years


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