Suricate (Meercat)

Suricates (suricata suricatta), also called Meercat, belong to the mongoose family. Sometimes they are confused with ground squirrels, but their short and thin tails set them apart. They are found in open territory, primarily on the dry savannah plains of Namibia and in the Kalahari.

Suricates live in underground tunnels and caves in groups of 10 to 20 animals. They are in constant motion and quite difficult to photograph. But sometimes one can meet a whole group of them in front of their burrow with their faces turned towards the sun. Because the young ones are easy prey for predatory birds and snakes, the burrow entrances are constantly guarded by one member of the pack while the others are out looking for food.

Suricate group in the Kalahari

Game Reserves
: Suricates are typical to the Kalahari. Best to be watched in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. But they also occur in the Etosha, in the Khaudum Park and in many private reserves.

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