Outwardly, meerkats are similar to monkeys, dogs and raccoons, although they are actually relatives of mongooses. These animals, the size of a hare, stand guard in the desert, warning its inhabitants of danger. They both hunt and themselves become the prey of predators. Meerkats live in arid open terrain and shrubs of the South African semidesert, and avoid forests and dense thickets. During the day, meerkats appear on the surface of the sandy desert, along with scorpions and lizards. They are watching birds of prey circling in the sky. When it gets dark, the animals return to their underground dwellings, which they dig with their strong front paws. Depending on the density of the soil, the corridors can go to a depth of 3 m. Meerkats feed mainly on various insects, spiders and mollusks, will not disgust the birds that nest on the ground, and their eggs, as well as lizards and other small animals. These little predators dare to make day trips to the savanna. Animals are always kept together, often stand on their hind legs and look closely. Seeing a dangerous enemy, they hurry to the nearest hole. With the appearance of a fox or a jackal, such a lament is raised that predators try not to associate with such a scandalous company.
Meerkat is not afraid of snakes and scorpion bites, which are deadly to humans.
Newborns “grow up” in one night: yesterday their mother was still feeding them, but in the morning they have to take care of their own food.
An adult meerkat rejects an amount of sand per second that is equal in weight to its own weight.
Acting together, as a group, meerkats are able to overcome an animal larger than themselves.