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Meerkat Suricata suricatta


The meerkat lives in semi-arid open country, hard grounds, savannahs and grasslands

Diet in the wild

Insects, spiders, snails, rodents and plants

Diet at the Zoo

Insects, fruits and vegetables

Fascinating Facts

  • Also known as the slender-tailed meerkat
  • Live in small groups called mobs, gangs or clans
  • Have different jobs within the group such as teacher, hunter and babysitter
  • Immune to natural poisons and venoms