2004-11 Meerkats - Belfast Zoo (Northern Ireland).jpg #1026 View on Inishowen Head - Downhill (Northern Ireland)Thumbnails#1023 Animals at Belfast Zoo (Northern Ireland)
Meerkats at the Belfast Zoo (Northern Ireland)

Meerkats are a type of mongoose. Unlike other mongooses which are solitary and nocturnal, meerkats live in large groups and come out
during the day. They are burrowing animals with four sharp claws on their feet for digging. They are often seen standing up on their hind legs, propped up by their tails, looking out for birds. If they spot a predator, they give off an alarm call to warn the rest of their group.
Meerkats are found in the savannahs and open plains of southern Africa.
Matthijs van Wageningen
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