Meerkat by Dominika Aniola

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605 views on 04.08.2014

Location: ZOO, Wrocław, Poland
Specie: Meerkat

The meerkat or suricate, Suricata suricatta, is a small mammal belonging to the mongoose family. 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.

Meerkats are small burrowing animals, living in large underground networks with multiple entrances which they leave only during the day. They are very social, living in colonies averaging 20–30 members. Animals in the same group regularly groom each other to strengthen social bonds.

Meerkats demonstrate altruistic behavior within their colonies; one or more meerkats stand sentry, while others are foraging or playing, to warn them of approaching dangers. 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.

Date taken: 23.10.2013
Camera: Canon EOS 450D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 70-200 mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO
1/160s * F/3.5 * 163mm * ISO400

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  • fauselr
    fauselrover 1 year ago

    Cool shot

  • Thank you. :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Tracie Louise
    Tracie Louiseover 1 year ago

    Oh that’s so gorgeous. I just love meerkats.

  • Thank you. :)

    – Dominika Aniola

    HAMID IQBAL KHANover 1 year ago

    Fantastic and a lovely work !

  • Thank you very much. :))

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 1 year ago

    Lovely clear image of these fascinating animals Dominika !

  • Thanks! I took a lot pics of meerkats before, but none of them had something different that I would like, this year I finally got it. :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Anita Pollak
    Anita Pollakover 1 year ago

    What a great capture of this really cute fellow – I just love those eyes!

  • Thank you. :) It was fun to watch the whole family. :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Cliffyj
    Cliffyjover 1 year ago

    Your work is fantastic you are very talented this one is so cute

  • Thank you very much. :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenover 1 year ago

    Such a beautiful image!!

  • Thank you. :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    Wonderful face…beautiful capture!!

  • Thank you very much. :))

    – Dominika Aniola

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 1 year ago

    Sweet!! We’d love to see this here: Eye Contact

  • Thanks Lorilee. :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • andy551
    andy551over 1 year ago

    stunning capture!

  • Thank you. :)

    – Dominika Aniola

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