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Slender-Tailed Meerkat

Zoo Location: Primley
Slender-Tailed Meerkat
Habitat

Desert, scrub and rocky grassland across Africa.

Wild Diet

Scorpions, beetles, spiders, centipedes, millipedes, worms, crickets, small mammals, small reptiles, birds, eggs, tubers and roots.

Behaviour

Meerkats are a type of mongoose. A group of meerkats, usually five to thirty members, is called a "mob" or a "gang”. They are very territorial and will fiercely defend their home from other meerkat gangs. When feeding, one member of the group acts as a sentry watching out for predators. Using their sharp claws, they dig huge burrows with tunnel systems for the colony. They communicate by sound using a variety of calls to signal certain situations such as being lost, alarm calls, pup feeding calls, guarding calls and foraging calls. 

Breeding

The female has 2 to 5 young, usually once a year, after a gestation period of 11 weeks. The young are born with eyes and ears closed and are sparsely furred. Various adults will baby-sit the youngsters while the mother feeds.

Threats

There are no major threats to the meerkat.

Conservation

The meerkat occurs within many well-managed and protected areas.

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INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Suricata suricatta
  • Class: Mammals
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Viverridae
  • Conservation status: Least Concern
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