- The meerkat is also called the suricate.
- The meerkat is a member of the mongoose family
- Meerkats live in clans, usually containing about
20 meerkats (although large families of over 50 have
- According to African popular belief, the meerkat
is a sun angel, and protects the villages from werewolves.
- Meerkats primarily eat insects, but will also eat
birds, eggs, lizards, plants, scorpions, small mammals,
- Meerkats are partially immune to certain venoms,
like the venom of scorpions in the Kalahari Desert.
- Meerkats forage in groups, and they have no excess
body fat stores, so they must forage daily for food.
- Meerkats post a guard, or sentry, to keep watch
while the others forage. Guard duty is usually about
an hour long.
- Meerkats become sexually mature at the age of one
- Meerkats are iteroparous, which means they can reproduce
at any time of the year.
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