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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.
Open country in South Africa
10-14 inches long and a 7-10 inch tail
Up to 2 pounds
About 10 years
insects, reptiles, birds and fruit
Up to 4 young after a gestation period of 11 weeks
There are no major threats to this species