Suricata Suricatta

Habitat and Geographical Distribution: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Inhabit savannah and plain areas.

Diet: Omnivores. Scarabs, caterpillars, spiders, scorpions, small reptiles and birds, eggs, plants and fruit.

Reproduction: Usually, the alpha male and female reserve the right to mate, and can have several litters per year. Pups begin to venture out of the burrow at 3 weeks of age.

Behaviour: Live in groups of between 3 and 50 members, in which all members participate in the tasks of foraging for food, caring for young and watching for predators – the meerkat with this task is called the sentry.

Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)


Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Herpestidae

Length: 42-60 cm

Lifespan: 12 years

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