Small mammal with long soft grey fur, which is found in southern Africa, and belongs to the mongoose family. A third of its length of 35 cm/14 in is occupied by the tail. It feeds on succulent bulbs, insects, and small vertebrates, and is sociable, living in large extended family groups. Meerkat groups have a dominant breeding pair and up to 23 helpers to assist in the rearing of the babies. The dominant female produces 75% of the young.
The Madagascar cat and Cynictis penicillata are also termed meerkats.
Classification Meerkats Suricata suricatta are in family Viverridae, order Carnivora.
A small carnivorous mammal, Suricata suricata , also called suricate, of South African grasslands. It is about 60 cm long including the tail...
/syooərikayt/ noun a meerkat of southern Africa with dark bands on its back and a dark tail tip: Suricata suricatta [ French ...
Also known as suricate (Suricata suricatta), these are small mammals of the mongoose (Herpestidae) family found in southern Africa. They usually liv