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Meercats

A group of Meerkats are known as a mob, they are found throughout the Kalahari Desert in Africa, the mob is lead by a dominant male and female. These community animals and are intelligent creatures that lookout for each other, even female Meerkats who don’t have young produce milk to help out the ones that do. They communicate with the use of different whooping noises. The adults teach the young how to catch food and how to survive in their harsh environment. They have excellent long distance vision known as binocular vision and are known to be able to spot birds of prey even while looking directly into the sun.

The black circles around their eyes are there to protect their eyes from sun glare , unfortunately their short vision is very poor so they find it hard to see things close up, to compensate for this they will band together in a group standing upright on their hind legs. They live in burrows often sharing with ground squirrels and occasionally the odd venomous snake. They have a unique ability of closing their ears while digging.

 Their diet consists of insects, millipedes, lizards, and venomous scorpions. They have a very fast metabolism and must eat constantly, over night a Meerkat will lose 5% of their body weight which is a lot so it would not take long to die of starvation. Thankfully Meerkats are one species of mammal that are doing well in Africa and are not endangered.

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