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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/3.2 * 200mm * ISO400

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  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boily11 months ago

    I love meerkats!! one of my favorite animal. nice cute face ;)

  • Thank you. :) They are very adorable. :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • peaky40
    peaky4011 months ago

    Gorgeous capture Dominika!

  • Thank you very much. :))

    – Dominika Aniola

  • fauselr
    fauselr11 months ago


  • Thank you. :)

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  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheep11 months ago


  • Thank you. :)

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  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habib11 months ago

    Cute portrait Dominika!

  • Thank you. :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Barberelli
    Barberelli11 months ago

    So adorable!!

  • Thank you. :))

    – Dominika Aniola

  • andy551
    andy55111 months ago

    Great Work very beautiful !!!!!

  • Thanks Andy :))

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughes10 months ago

    Lovely work Dominika.

  • Thank you very much. :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • dgscotland
    dgscotland10 months ago

    Clicking the banner takes you to the group….please enjoy it.

  • Cheers!

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Lisa Knechtel
    Lisa Knechtel8 months ago

    Wonderful portrait. Perfect in B&W. Good clarity and composition.

  • Thank you. :)

    – Dominika Aniola

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