Animal Species

Meerkat
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The adults cooperate with each other in specific duties; the sentries stand guard, the hunters dig and search for food, the babysitters help care for the young, and the teachers show young meerkats how to hunt and stay away from danger.

Sponsors
Debbie Olson; Sally Dryer & Family; Matt, Ashley, Lydia, Hudson & Rupert Ganzer; The Seeman Family; Hazel Cutter; Tom Kegerreis
Habitat
Open country in South Africa
Size
10-14 inches long and a 7-10 inch tail
Weight
Up to 2 pounds
Lifespan
About 10 years
Diet
insects, reptiles, birds and fruit
Reproduction
Up to 4 young after a gestation period of 11 weeks
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Threats
There are no major threats to this species