Makgadikgadi Salt Pan, Botswana, Africa

Beautiful Meerkats look for predators while they stand in a row upright on their hind legs facing toward the camera. Behind these cute animals, you the horizon and clear blue sky.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 10 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: 70mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 2513 by 3770 pixels (WxH).

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Beautiful Meerkats look for predators while they stand in a row upright on their hind legs facing toward the camera. Behind these cute animals, you the horizon and clear blue sky. The camouflage look of the fur of the meerkats’ blends in well with the brown grassy landscape.

Just as humans can identify the voices of people we know, so can meerkats. They can recognize the voices of the other members in their clan. We know that meerkats work together in a group. Their families, also known as clan, mobs or gangs, will have designated positions for each member.

During hunting, a few meerkats will keep a lookout for predators or signs of danger. As we see in the photograph of ‘Meerkats Look For Predators’, they often stand in a row. They will alert the rest of the clan through a series of distinct calls. While other members are foraging for food, the members left behind will “babysit” the other pups. Some might say this is a harder job! However, they get their reward with food at the end of the day. Another amusing fact is that they are immune to scorpion poison. Therefore, often a delicious snack out of the fearsome critters.

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

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