Meerkat

Living in large groups called “mobs” with complex matriarchal-led social structures

Meerkats are mongooses approximately the size of a squirrel and are renowned for their upright posture. They often stand on their hind legs and gaze out over the plains of southern Africa. Breastfeeding is possible for standing moms.

Meerkats have a very complicated social system. Meerkats (also known as suricates) live in big groups and cooperate. A couple would often serve as lookouts, keeping an eye on the sky for birds of prey, such as hawks and eagles, that might snare them from the ground. Everyone should take refuge after hearing a loud, piercing scream. While a few individuals keep a watch on the group, the rest of them walk out in search of the different foods that make up their diet. Meerkats consume insects, lizards, birds, and fruit.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Angola
2015
Botswana
2015
Namibia
2015
South Africa
2015

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No