Makgadikgadi Salt Pan, Botswana, Africa

Two Meerkats, an adult, and a cub are together scanning the African landscape for predators. The endless Makgadikgadi Salt Pan in Botswana.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 15 July, 2023

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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/8
  • Exposure time: 1/1600s
  • ISO: 1000
  • Focal Length: 160mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 3740 by 2493 pixels (WxH).

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The two Meerkats, adult, and cub together, have slender bodies and pointed small faces. As you can see, their fur color blends in extremely well into their environment. Both Meerkats are in focus while the background is blurred. The adult Meerkat has its tiny hands perched in front of its body, and as you can see, they have sharp claws. That is a handy feature for digging burrows.

A mob of Meerkats has a territory of a few square kilometers. They define their territories by secreting through their anal glands to mark their scent. Meerkats dig intricate burrows that are 4.8 meters / 16 feet long on average. The den also contains different levels and chambers that can go to 1,5 meters / 4.9 feet deep.

These cute creatures prove their friendliness by also sometimes moving into the same tunnels as South African ground squirrels. In the mornings, when they leave their burrows, they go on the hunt for food. Often they find critters beneath rocks and in crevices. Meerkats kill their larger prey by bashing them with their claws and then tearing them to shreds.

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

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1 comment for Two Meerkats Adult And Cub Together

  1. Hanneke

    If you’re having a bad day, just look at some meerkats pictures, they always make you smile 😄

    • Anette Mossbacher

      😄 You gave me a laugh Hanneke. Indeed meerkats always put a smile on your face. 😄
      Thanks so much for the good laugh.
      Ciao Anette

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