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Meerkat

Meerkat Suricata suricatta

Meerkats aren’t cats at all—they’re actually members of the mongoose family!

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ORIGIN:
Southern Africa

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HABITAT:
Deserts

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
1-2 lbs
Height: 1-2 ft

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DIET:
Insects, small reptiles and leaves

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PREDATORS:
Birds of prey and jackals

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Intimidating posture

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REPRODUCTION:
11-week gestation; sexually mature at 1 yr

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THREATS:
None

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
12 yrs in human care

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