Here you will find images of Meerkats taken in the Kalahari Desert, Botswana.
Meerkats (also known as Suricates) are small diurnal mammals weighing around 730 grams and growing to a length of 25-35 cm. They have an average life span of 12 to 14 years. They are members of the mongoose family and are found in the desert regions of Southern Africa.
Meerkats are social animals, living in family groups containing up to 50 individuals. A group of meerkats is known as a “mob”, “gang” or “clan”. They are burrowers, living in large underground networks. During the day they leave their burrows to feed.
Meerkats forage in groups with at least one “sentry” on the lookout for predators while the others search for food. A meerkat’s diet mainly consist of insects, scorpions, spiders, lizards, centipedes, millipedes, eggs and small mammals. Amazingly, meerkats are immune to certain snake and scorpion venoms.
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The Meerkat photos on this website were taken by Will & Matt Burrard-Lucas, find out more here: Behind the Photos.