Suricates qui observent dans le parc animalier Le PAL
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Meerkat

Scientific name :
Suricata suricatta
Class :
Mammals
Order :
Carnivora
Family :
Herpestidae

Meerkats, known as the “sentries of the desert”, live in colonies of up to 30 individuals. The group includes several males and females, as well as their offspring. Their social structure is based on affective links. All families in the group share the same den and display tremendous solidarity.

 

Geographic distribution of the meerkat

Meerkats are found in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

 

Alarm call of the meerkat

To look for food, meerkats need to dig deep holes in the ground, which is why sentries take turns keeping a lookout throughout the day. A sharp growl indicates an as yet unspecified danger, a barking noise warns of a land predator, and a specific sharp cry announces the presence of raptors. Meerkats have excellent eyesight and can distinguish between a raptor and a vulture from a great distance.

Did you know?

Meerkats are immune to a large variety of poisons. They cut off the poisonous tail of scorpions before eating them.
Savannah, arid areas and grassland
Length: 25 to 35 cm.
Weight: 725 g.
Insects, small vertebrates, eggs.
Longevity: 15 years.
Sexual maturity: 1 year.
Gestation: 77 days
Young: 3 to 4

Conservation status

Stable Threatened Critically endangered