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Living in colonies of up to 30 individuals

The sentry of the desert

Meerkats, known as the “sentries of the desert”, live in colonies of up to 30 individuals. The group includes several males and females, as well as their offspring. Their social structure is based on affective links. All families in the group share the same den and display tremendous solidarity.

To look for food, meerkats need to dig deep holes in the ground, which is why sentries take turns keeping a lookout throughout the day. A sharp growl indicates an as yet unspecified danger, a barking noise warns of a land predator, and a specific sharp cry announces the presence of raptors. Meerkats have excellent eyesight and can distinguish between a raptor and a vulture from a great distance.

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Meerkats are found in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

  • Habitat

    Savannah, arid areas and grassland

  • Food

    Insects, small vertebrates, eggs.

Did you know ?

Meerkats are immune to a large variety of poisons. They cut off the poisonous tail of scorpions before eating them.


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