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 keeps him upright.
This Meerkat is not only looking for dangerous predators on the ground but also in the skies! Generally, hawks and 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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I love this meerkat picture!
Anette Mossbacher –
Meerkat pictures are always fun. Thanks so much, Lucy.