5 Interesting Facts About Meerkats

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These meerkats are on the lookout for an eagle. I hope there isn’t one behind them.

I want to write about meerkats today because they are a very cute species and I love watching them when I visit the zoo.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. Despite their name, meerkats are not cats, but are a species of mongoose.
  2. They live in desert areas in Africa and can be found in groups of up to 50 animals.
  3. Only the main female in the group is allowed to have babies and they have between 1-5 pups at a time.
  4. Meerkats mainly eat insects, grubs and scorpions.  They are immune to the dangerous venom of scorpions that would usually harm a person.
  5. Families usually have one meerkat looking out for predators, such as eagles or jackals.  When the lookout makes an alarm call, the entire group quickly runs and hides.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about meerkats?

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One thought on “5 Interesting Facts About Meerkats

  1. Once when I went on holiday to Ilfracombe I met a meerkat called Shivers. He is an orphan because his family were eaten by birds of prey. He was rescued and lives alone in an enclosure. I miss him and I worry that he is getting lonely.

    I found your facts interesting.

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