Introducing the meerkat, a charming and highly social member of the mongoose family known for its curious nature and iconic upright posture!







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The meerkat is a small mammal belonging to the mongoose family, native to the arid regions of southern Africa.

It's known for its slender body, pointed face, and long, bushy tail. Meerkats are highly social animals, living in groups called mobs or clans, which can consist of up to 30 individuals


The lifespan of a meerkat in the wild is typically around 8 to 10 years.

However, in captivity, where they have access to consistent food, veterinary care, and protection from predators, they can live longer, sometimes up to 12 to 14 years or more.

Weight & Diet

Meerkats are relatively small animals, typically weighing between 0.6 to 1.0 kilograms.

As for their diet, meerkats are primarily insectivores, meaning they primarily eat insects like beetles, spiders, scorpions, and other small invertebrates. They may also consume small vertebrates such as lizards, snakes, and rodents when available, as well as fruits and vegetation during certain times of the year.

Did You Know?

  • Meerkats are known for their iconic upright stance, which allows them to scan their surroundings for danger and opportunities.
  • Meerkats bask in the sun to warm up their bodies and stimulate their metabolism before starting their daily activities.
  • Meerkats are immune to some snakes' venom as they belong to the mongoose family.
  • Meerkats live in dry deserts but they don’t drink water. They get all the moisture they need from the insects and grubs they eat.