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The meerkat was designed with the ability to close its ears. This is helpful as it burrows in the dry dirt. The fur of the meerkat acts as insulation and a cooling system to keep heat in when needed and to cool its body when needed. All meerkats in a gang work to provide for and protect the members of their gang.


  • The meerkat is a member of the mongoose family and is recognized for its long, thin body.
  • It has markings on its back and darker bands around the eyes. It also has black-tipped ears and tail. The color of its fur ranges from silver to orange to brown.

Fun Facts

  • Meerkats live in groups called gangs or mobs.
  • One meerkat stands guard while the others in the mob play, hunt, or sleep.
  • An adult meerkat will protect its young from predators and will even sacrifice its life for its young’s life.

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CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)

ORDER: Carnivora (meat-eating)

FAMILY: Herpestidae (mongoose)

GENUS/SPECIES: Suricata suricatta

Size: Average about 20 in long (0.5 m)

Weight: Average about 1.5 lbs (0.7 kg)

Original Diet: Plants

Present Diet: Mainly insects; but also plants and small vertebrates

Habitat: Savannas of southern Africa