Small Mammal House
Always Keeping An Eye Out
Gregarious in nature, meerkats live in groups called “mobs” of up to 30 individuals. Meerkats work together in numbers, communicating through a purring sound, while foraging for food. While most of the mob is hunting, others serve as lookouts for predators like hawks or eagles. A piercing call is the signal for all to take cover if danger is approaching.
World Class Babysitters
Meerkats also work as a mob when rearing their young, with older members acting as pup sitters. Meerkat groups utilize several different burrows and move from one to another. Each burrow is an extensive tunnel-and-room system that remains cool no matter what the temperature. Native to southern Africa, Meerkats are listed as stable by the International Nature of Conservation (IUCN).