Meerkat (Suricata suricatta)
Least Concern (LC)
Small mammal with pale body colour and several irregular transverse bands on back. Thinly haired tail with darker tip and dark circles around eyes.
Meerkats are diurnal in habit and live in groups of 5-40 individuals. They excavate their own burrow systems, but will also make use of burrows from other small mammals. They are very watchful and cautious species, always staging a lookout during foraging to watch for danger. They often stand upright on their hind legs and use their tail balance.
Highly sociable, living in colonies.
||Once a season
||Early summer or late spring
|Number of offspring
||2-5 offspring born in summer.
Open, arid to lightly vegetated country.
Insects, scorpions, small birds and some small mammals; bird and reptile eggs.
Large raptors and birds of prey; dogs and jackals.
Meerkat at Naankuse sites