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Meerkat
Meerkat
As a friendly company, we hunt and rest together, always and everywhere.
Type: Chordates
Class: Mammals
Order: Predatory
Family: Viverrids (Mangutova)
Genus: Meerkats
Species: Meerkat
General Settings
  • They live in the desert areas of South Africa, west of Lake Chad, north of the Orange River, including the Kalahari Desert.
  • The length of the body with the tail is 50-60 cm.
  • Weight-about 1 kg.
  • The main food is insects and other invertebrates, including poisonous ones.
  • Life expectancy is 7-8 years.

Predators and the closest relatives of mongooses-meerkats animals that are a bit like raccoons, rodents and even monkeys. Meerkats are distinguished from other mongooses by their high legs, four-toed paws, strong tail, and lack of the first false-rooted tooth.


Social behavior


In the meerkat family (the number of individuals in the family is up to 30), matriarchy reigns. The main female chooses the burrow in which the family will live, the place of feeding, and, most importantly, only she has the right to give birth to cubs. The dominant male forms a pair with the main female and becomes the father of all the babies.


Reproduction


Pregnancy lasts 70-77 days. From 2 to 5 cubs weighing 25-30 g are born. After feeding the babies, the mother goes hunting with her group, and the "nanny" remains with the children, who does not leave them until the other members of the group return. An interesting fact is that the cubs are fed milk not only by the mother, but also by other females of the group.


Species and people


Meerkats are easily tamed. Local residents make their homes in order to protect your home from venomous animals like Scorpions, spiders or centipedes.


Interesting Facts


The meerkat family has a certain group smell. This is the result of the animals marking each other.

Meerkats teach the young: children not only watch the hunt, the older ones show them how to do it.

Current status in wildlife
  • Not
    evaluated
    NE
  • Data
    deficient
    DD
  • Data
    deficient
    lc
  • near
    threatened
    NT
  • vulnerable
    vu
  • endangered
    en
  • critically
    endangered
    cr
  • extinct
    in the wild
    ew
  • Extinct
    ex
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