Meerkats are a member of the mongoose family, with long front claws for digging burrows and slender tails to help them balance while standing upright. This alert posture helps meerkats warm their bellies after sleeping on the cold desert floor.
Meerkats live in dry, open areas in south-west Africa.
They are very sociable animals that live in large groups of up to 30 individuals. Only one pair of meerkats per group breed, having two to five young at a time. One meerkat acts as the sentry, watching for predators, while the others forage for food and look after the babies.
Conservation Status: Common
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