SYMPHONY OF NATURE

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Meerkat Sentry

As the new year begins anew,  I hope to bring you more amazing images of animals from around the globe whereas to enlighten your senses as to the beauty of all the creatures who share this blue planet with us. Below is a local zoo image I took depicting the majestic Meerkat on watch for any predators who might be roaming about.


The meerkat is a small carnivoran belonging to the mongoose family (Herpestidae). It is the only member of the genus Suricata.  Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in much of the Namib Desert in Namibia and southwestern Angola, and in South Africa. A group of meerkats is called a "mob", "gang" or "clan".

A meerkat clan often contains about 20 meerkats, but some super-families have 50 or more members. In captivity, meerkats have an average life span of 12–14 years, and about half this in the wild.

The Meerkat Sentry