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Slender-tailed Meerkat Photo

Scientific Name: Suricata suricatta

Habitat: semi-arid, open, hard or stony ground

Diet: insects, arachnids, small reptiles 

Life span: 12 years

Young: 2 to 4 young per litter

Size: 0.73 kg (1.6 lbs)

Meerkats are members of the mongoose family who live in colonies of up to 30 animals. They all have different jobs: babysitter, teacher and hunter. Meerkats have some immunity to venom, which allows them to eat scorpions. Look for the dark markings around their eyes. These markings help reduce the sun's glare.

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Slender-tailed meerkat on Wikipedia


Slender-tailed Meerkat Range Photo

Range: Southern Africa


Babydoll Sheep status image showing of least concern.

Status: Least concern

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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