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Meerkat Meerkat Keeping guard on the family, Meerkats forage in a group with one "sentry" on guard watching for predators while the others search for food. Sentry duty is usually approximately an hour long. Australia,Geotagged,Meerkat,Suricata suricatta Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Meerkat

Meerkat Keeping guard on the family, Meerkats forage in a group with one "sentry" on guard watching for predators while the others search for food. Sentry duty is usually approximately an hour long.

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  1. Welcome to JungleDragon, Daniel. Awesome photo, and shared very well with a great description and geotags. Posted 7 years ago

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The meerkat or suricate, ''Suricata suricatta'', is a small mammal belonging to the mongoose family. Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in much of the Namib Desert in Namibia and southwestern Angola, and in South Africa. A group of meerkats is called a "mob", "gang" or "clan". A meerkat clan often contains about 20 meerkats, but some super-families have 50 or more members. In captivity, meerkats have an average life span of 12–14 years, and about half this in the wild.

Similar species: Carnivorans
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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Uploaded Apr 23, 2014. Captured in 70 Redden Drive, Cudlee Creek SA 5232, Australia.