Facts about meerkats

Meerkats have been studied for many years by different groups of scientists. As a result of research on meerkats, many interesting facts have become known.

  • At the head of each clan is a meerkat dominant female and male. Matriarchy reigns in the family, and the female can exceed the size of the male.
  • Groups of meerkats sometimes have up to 50 individuals.
  • Meerkats every day produce food in different parts of their territory, so that the earth can recover.
  • There are often skirmishes between family clans over the territory. Such confrontations often end in a fatal outcome for members of hostile families.
  • Females can have up to 7 young in one litter.
  • A female can feed young people with milk, even if she never gave birth.
  • Meerkats dig holes up to 1.5 meters deep. Pits they use as a dwelling or as shelter from predators.
  • Meerkats have a very developed sense of smell. They can smell the prey even under a thick layer of sand.
  • If there is a threat of attack from the air, the meerkats hide in shelters in their territories. There can be as many as such shelters for a family, but every member of the family knows where they are.
  • Meerkat have more than 30 variants of screaming, each of which has its own meaning. For example, means a ground threat or a threat from the air, the convocation of the entire family and so on.
  • Before going on a hunt, the mink surfaced in the sun to restore body temperature after a cold desert night.
  • Meerkats are able to see a predator at a distance of 1 kilometer.
  • The meerkats eat mostly insects. A favorite delicacy is scorpions. The poison of a scorpion for a meerkat is dangerous, but not fatal. And they have immunity to most of the poisons of African snakes.
  • In some regions of Africa, the meerkats are kept as pets for catching snakes, scorpions and small rodents.
  • In the wild, the meerkats live on average 3 to 6 years, in captivity can live up to 14 years.