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slender Tailed Meerkat

Suricata suricatta

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Fact File

Average size

25-35cm in length



Litter size

3-4 pups

life span

8 years in the wild

Meerkats, small mongoose relatives, form social groups called mobs. They take turns on guard duty and exhibit cooperative foraging behaviours in arid environments.


With a keen sense of smell and a distinct upright posture, meerkats are adept at navigating their challenging habitats.

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Did you know?!

Meerkats have specialized immunity against venomous snake bites, allowing them to resist the toxins in their diet.

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