Meerkat Suricata suricatta

Meerkat
Meerkat
The Meerkat, also called Suricat, is a mongoose native to the Kalahari and Namib deserts of Southern Africa and to South Africa. There are three subspecies in different areas; the one shown here is the most common and the nominate Slender-tailed Meerkat (unusually the nominate is Suricata suricatta siricata).
Meerkat
Meerkat
Meerkat
Meerkats live in groups of some two or three dozen with a highly-developed social structure led by the dominant pair which are typically the only breeding pair, with others, male and female, taking babysitting, foraging, teaching and look-out duties for the clan. (The alpha parents never babysit.)
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Meerkats sunbathing
Meerkat on look-out duty
One or two are always on lookout for danger (predators) while others are sleeping, sunbathing, digging burrows or foraging.
Meerkat on hind legs The look-out often stands on hind legs for a better view.
Meerkats digging Digging the burrow
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Meerkat with burrow They live in burrows/dens and move to new from time to time.
Meerkats fighting Meerkats fighting
Meerkat "simples"