Makgadikgadi Salt Pan, Botswana, Africa

Meerkat stands in a bush scouting the environment for signs of any imminent danger.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 12 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/7.1
  • Exposure time: 1/1250s
  • ISO: 1000
  • Focal Length: 185mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 3883 by 2555 pixels (WxH).

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This Meerkat stands in a bush scouting the wild and dangerous African landscape. Shortly after sunrise, with the full warmth of the sun engulfing this little mammals body. Some green grassy sprouts are barely surviving amongst the desert bush. The Meerkat is searching off to the right of the photograph while we admire an angled-front view of its body.

Exciting and fun facts about the adorable Meerkats:

  • Their tan fur helps them blend in with their surroundings, which disguising them from predators flying above.
  • They are immune to a lot of scorpion and snake venom. They also enjoy these creatures in their diet.
  • The dominant female Meerkats are cannibals! They sometimes eat pups of subordinate females.
  • You would not experience this unless in their presence, but Meerkats come with a funky smell. However, this bad scent helps to determine which of the peers are friendly or not.
  • Meerkats are very quick and can run at a speed of 48 kilometers / 30 miles per hour.

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

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