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Slender-tailed meerkat

Scientific name: Suricata suricatta


Meerkats live together in large communities and are very friendly towards each other. They work as a group to look out for one another, with some meerkats being posted as lookouts to watch for predators and others being used to hunt prey or nurse the pups.

Often pictured ‘standing up’ on their rear legs, these inquisitive creatures are alert to every movement around them.

The dark patches around their eyes help to reduce the glare of the sun, making them even more effective lookouts. They communicate by chirping and make shrill sounds to warn each other of potential dangers.

Least Concern (Inc. Bar)
  1. At Noah's Ark...

    We have 8 Meerkats... Mia, Parker, Dexter, Bandit, Ron, Harry, Trevor and Norbert.

  2. We live...

    Across the courtyard from the Emus, next to the Reptile House.

  1. Size Fact

    Meerkats are approximately 30cm tall when standing.

  2. Food Fact

    Meerkats are known to eat scorpions, removing their deadly tail in the blink of an eye.

  3. Fun Fact

    A collection of meerkats is called a mob!

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