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Transcript of Meerkat
Meerkat Scientific Classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Herpistadae Genus: Suricata Species: S. Suricata The Meerkat is a member of the mongoose family. Meerkats inhabits all parts of the Kalahari desert in Botswana and all of South Africa. Meerkats are primarily insectivores. They also eat: lizards snakes scorpions spiders plants eggs small mammals millipedes centipedes and rarely small birds Meerkats are partially immune to various venoms, but immune to the strong venom of the Kalahari scorpion Reproduction Meerkats are sexually mature at age of one and can have one to five pups in a litter. Wild meerkats can have up to four litters per year. Suricata can reproduce any time of the year but they usually reproduce in the summer. After about three weeks pups are allowed to leave the burrow. Behavior The Suricata are small burrowing animals, living in large underground tunnels with multiple entrances. They only leave the burrow during the day. Meerkats are very social and live in colonies up to 20-30 members. When the Suricata goes foraging for food, there is various jobs for one another. One or more meerkats are look out guards, while other adult meerkats watches the young. The others will go forage for food. When a predator is spotted, the meerkat performing as sentry gives a warning bark, and other members of the gang will run and hide in one of the many bolt holes they have spread across their territory. The sentry meerkat is the first to reappear from the burrow and search for predators, constantly barking to keep the others underground. If there is no threat, the sentry meerkat stops signaling and the others feel safe to emerge. The Suricata is unconcerned from being extinct. Even though unconcerned, meerkat group may die out because of a predator attack, starvation, or epidemic diesease. I would like to thanks... Mr. Amelotte Wikipedia Meerkat Learning zone Google Images Pensacola State College Instructional Technology Safaris in Namibia And you for watchin my presentation. The meerkat is famous for its upright posture, for this reason, as a totem the meerkat represents higher learning. A meerkat will often visit when a person needs to learn awareness. Since Suricata are so afraid of birds when a plane flies overhead they quickly scamper back into their hole in fear. They are somethimes found sharing their burrows with yellow mongooses and ground squirrels. They live in a clan with up to 40-50 members. At only 12 inches tall, these inhabitants of South African deserts and plains look like a nice snack to predators such as jackals and the martial eagle. But because meerkats are very intelligent and social, they are not easy prey. Meerkat Facts