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Meerkats are diurnal and live in groups. The females dominate and it is only the highest-ranking female „the queen“ that reproduces. They spend the night in underground burrows that they have dug or claimed. During their daily foraging, one individual always keeps guard from an elevated position. If danger is looming, an alarm call is given off and the meerkats flee to their burrow.

Characteristics

ClassificationOrder: carnivores, family: mongoose
DietPrimarily insects, spiders, worms as well as smaller vertebrates and also small quantities of plants
HabitatDry forests, open shrublands, steppes, prairies, semi-desert landscapes
ReproductionGestation period: ca. 77 days, 1–6 offspring; weaning: 2 months; sexually mature at one year of age; maximum age: over 20 years

Status according to Red List

More information you will get on the web page of the IUCN Red List.

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