Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

Meerkat


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Suricata suricatta
PROFILE:

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)
NATIVE TO:
southern Africa
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Least concern
DIET:
Primarily insectivorous, but will eat small vertebrates, eggs, and plant matter.
LIFESPAN:
Wild - average 15 years; zoos up to 21 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Social; highly developed interfamilial pack system with up to 30 individuals
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