Family of Meerkats

MEERKATS AT CHATTANOOGA ZOO

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  • Location: Chattanooga Zoo, Tennessee, USA
  • Source: www.chattzoo.org
  • Info: Live streaming webcam showing Meerkats at the Chattanooga Zoo in Tennessee.

    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. Meerkats 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.