Meerkat chillin' out
I know that we have tons of Meerkat photos already, but they are such fascinating creatures. This one was photographed near Oudtsdoorn, South Africa on a "Meerkat Adventure". I can highly recommend such an excursion, as you drive out to a known colony at dawn and then just sit and watch the meerkats as they wake up and come out and do all sorts of Meerkaty things with each other for an hour or so before heading out into the bush to forage.
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.