Kalahari, South Africa

Baby Meerkat is standing on a red sand dune looking at the rising African sun in the beautiful Kalahari. It seems that the Meerkat welcomes the new day and, of course, is scanning for predators.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 15 July, 2023

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This photograph was captured with a ILCE-7RM4 and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Exposure time: 1/1600s
  • ISO: 2000
  • Focal Length: 365mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 9504 by 6336 pixels (WxH).

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Good morning, beautiful Kalahari. Let’s see what the day brings to me today. A sweet baby Meerkat is standing up on a red sand dune looking at the rising African sun. The morning dew is still on the blades of grass and on the fur of this young animal. Standing upright, looking to the sunrise, and of course, scanning the desert for potential predators.

Baby Meerkat Standing

Why is the Meerkat pup standing? These funny animals go to high points to better overview their foraging area. That means also standing upright makes them a little bit taller. When you sit on the ground, and they are comfy with your presence, you may be lucky, and one might climb on your shoulder or head. In fact, climbing tall bushes for the cute animals is not seldom. They are excellent at balancing on top of a bush on the little branches. When they spot a potential predator, the alarm call will sound. Together with the pups and Meerkat family, they will run to safety immediately their burrow.

Meerkats, Suricata suricatta, are listed as least concern on the IUCN red list. Their populations you find mostly in Southern Western Africa.

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3 comments for Baby Meerkat Standing On Red Sand Dune

  1. Thomas

    Looking to the future 😀 Great pic of the meerkat.

    • Anette Mossbacher

      Well, maybe, this one was looking at some birds hoovering the area! Thanks so much.

  2. Barbara

    This picture takes me back to the moment you took it. What an honor to have been with you on that special trip. You opened new horizons for me.

    • Anette Mossbacher

      We had so much fun with the meerkats. Thank you Barbara 😀

  3. Hanneke

    This is such a wonderful image, you can’t help but love these cuties seeing pictures like this ❤️!! Fabulous Anette!!

    • Anette Mossbacher

      The funny Meerkats always put a smile on our faces, Hanneke. Thanks so much for commenting. 😀

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