The meerkat or suricate Suricata suricatta, a small mammal,
is a member of the mongoose family. Meerkats live in all parts
of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and in South Africa. A
group of meerkats is called a "mob", "gang" or "clan". A meerkat
clan often contains about 20 meerkats, but some superfamilies
have 50 or more members. Meerkats have an average life span
of 12-14 years.