Meerkat | Suricata suricatta
Meerkats belong to the family of mongooses, Herpestidae. Like all members of this diurnal group, they are carnivores. Their food consists of almost 90% insects, but they can also capture lizards, frogs, birds, scorpions and eggs. Meerkats inhabit the savannas and semi-deserts of southern Africa, such as the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and the Namib Desert in Namibia. They dig underground tunnel systems that can reach up to 3 meters into the ground. Up to 30 individuals can live in a “clan”, but some super-families usually contains about 50 or more members.