Makgadikgadi Salt Pan, Botswana, Africa

A Meerkat photograph showing the animal in the warmth of the sunrise light. The meerkat is gazing at the landscape for potential predators.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 14 September, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D Mark III and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Exposure time: 1/800s
  • ISO: 1000
  • Focal Length: 95mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 3888 by 2592 pixels (WxH).

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The Meerkat sentry is gazing for predators and any other danger he might spot along the African plains. Our adorable friend is perching on a small mound of sand. Often Meerkats will stand on high raised areas to get a better view of the surroundings. It is perfectly standing with his paws relaxing on his belly. This little guy has a great balance due to his tail, acting as an anchor and keeping him upright.

This Meerkat is not only looking for dangerous predators on the ground but also in the skies! Generally, hawks an eagles love a Meerkat for lunch. Therefore, if a Meerkat spots these birds of prey, it will alarm a shrill call to the rest of the group.

Although they watch for larger predators, they are predators themselves. Their diet includes many small insects, critters, creepy crawlies, little birds, and fruits. Therefore, they are omnivorous creatures. They are incredibly efficient hunters and live successfully in their family groups.

Meerkats, Suricata suricatta, are in category least concern on the IUCN red list.

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