This meerkat lookout is standing up. We call that Meerkat, the sentry. Its role is to stand up tall and watch the horizon to see if any danger is coming their way. The Meerkat’s coat blends perfectly into the grassy surroundings as the warm African sun rises on another great day.
The proper term for a group of Meerkats is ‘mob’ or a ‘gang.’ It certainly is hard to believe such a cute little thing could be called such a threatening word. However, these sweet animals have enormous spirits and are incredibly charismatic. They live in mobs of between three and fifty members. They will probably all be related. Each member does their part for the good of the family. They will help each other raise the young called pups. However, even the father will help raise the pubs. That is quite a rare thing in the wild!
If you were ever to join me on a beautiful private photographic tour, the likelihood of one of these furry friends jumping up on your head or camera is high. Everyone who meets a Meerkat instantly falls in love with their wonderfully inquisitive nature.
Meerkats, Suricata suricatta, are in the category least concern on the IUCN red list.