Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 04/09/2015


Photo taken on September 28, 2014


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Herpestidae
Mongoose family
on guard
single animal
Calgary Zoo
Suricata suricatta
Calgary
Meerkat
front view
Alberta
Canada
diurnal
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zoo
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nature
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Meerkat on guard

Meerkat on guard
When I visited the Calgary Zoo on 28 September 2014, I called in to see the Meerkats. As well as this one, which was standing on guard to protect all the rest, there were several young Meerkats playing in their small enclosure, They were almost constantly on the move, providing entertainment for their human audience.

"The meerkat or suricate, Suricata suricatta, is a small mammal belonging to the mongoose family. Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in much of the Namib Desert in Namibia and southwestern Angola, and in South Africa. A group of meerkats is called a "mob", "gang" or "clan". A meerkat clan often contains about 20 meerkats, but some super-families have 50 or more members. Meerkats have an average life span of 12–14 years."

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meerkat

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