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Meerkat

Meerkat

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Hesperidae[?]
Genus: Suricata
Species
Suricata suricatta

The meerkat is a small mammal (weighing about 2 lbs and 20 inches long) inhabiting all parts of the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa.

It is carnivorous, consuming mostly insects but also other small mammals, and lives in colonies of up to 40 individuals. They hunt in groups and protect their young.



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