Kalahari, South Africa

A cute meerkat is standing upright while observing the sky for predators in the Kalahari desert. The vibrant colors of the lush green and the red ground contrast beautifully with the Meerkat.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 11 September, 2022

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

  • Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Exposure time: 1/2500s
  • ISO: 1600
  • Focal Length: 485mm

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

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The warm colors of the lush greens and red earth of the Kalahari contrast beautifully with the Meerkat. A cute Meerkat baby is standing upright at the edge of a dune observing the sky for potential birds of prey. This behavior of the Suricata animal we call sentry or guard. It is always good to be watchful to keep the Meerkat family safe.

Cute Meerkat Baby Stands Upright

When a meerkat sentry stands up, the animal will move its head often from right to left, scanning the area. Looking at the sky, if any predators with wings are flying over them, immediately go back to examine the left to right. Between standing upright, they run from a higher point to the next, which hopefully is higher. The family has to stay safe, especially the cute meerkat babies. After a while of hard observing work, the sentry switches the job with another animal. Of course, the first guard needs to be eating as well a few bugs.

Did you know that Meerkats are on favorite animal lists often on top?

Meerkats, Suricata suricatta, are listed as the category of least concern on the IUCN red list.

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1 comment for Cute Meerkat Baby Standing Upright Observing Sky

  1. Karen

    Meerkats are so funny animals. They always put a smile on our faces. 😊

    • Anette Mossbacher

      Indeed these animals are soooo funny 😀

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