A pack of meerkats standin on back feet


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  • Location: El Paso Zoo, El Paso, Texas, USA
  • Source: www.elpasozoo.org
  • Info: Live webcam showcasing the Meerkats at the El Paso Zoo in Texas. The meerkat cam forms part of the Animals of Africa Exhibit.

    In the wild, Meerkats live in the hot, dry deserts of the Kalahari, Namibia, southwestern Angola and southern Africa. These slender catlike creatures are only around 30 cms high and weigh about 750 grams but are capable of shovelling dirt several hundred times their weight. They dig complex burrows with interconnecting tunnels and many different entrances. Meerkats are very social animals and live in groups with a matriarch as head of the group and each member assigned to a specific role such as babysitting and guard duty – indeed, they are famous for their sentinel behaviour where one meerkat takes up a raised position where it sits erect and watches for danger.