A baby Suricata animal is digging a burrow on a red sand dune in the Kalahari, South Africa. The Latin word for Meerkats is Suricata suricatta. This little pup is helping to dig an exit tunnel for the Meerkats family burrow in the Kalahari desert.
Why Is The Baby Meerkat Digging A Burrow?
We know Meerkat families live underground. They need to stay safe from desert predators as well as to stay out of the heat of the intense African sun during the day. A burrow keeps the Suricata animals cool during the summertime and in winter warm.
Meerkats are highly sociable animals. Together with family members, they will cuddle in their den in the wintertime. When it is hot, they will spread out flat on the ground to not overheat.
In this picture, the Meerkat is of the age of 11 weeks. This Meerkat pup is quite active and wants to do it all simultaneously. He was running between the bushes, standing up scanning for predators, and digging again at the burrow. All in all, he was all over the place, not to miss out on one single thing.
Meerkats, Suricata suricatta, are listed as least concern on the IUCN red list. You find them mostly in Southern Western Africa.