Diurnal and social, meerkats form colonies of up to 30 individuals. While most pack members forage, some act as lookout sentries, especially for hawks and other aerial predators. Sentries stand at vantage points, such as on mounds and in bushes, and make sharp barks or growls to denote urgent threats to their group.
TYPE OF ANIMAL:
mammal, carnivore, herpestidae (mongooses)
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
primarily insectivorous, yet will eat small vertebrates, eggs, and plant matter
wild - estimated 15 years; zoos up to 21 years
social; highly developed interfamilial pack system with up to 30 individuals