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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